The Regional Directors are National Board’s primary link to the local chapters. The crucial roles of the regional directors involve relaying announcements, directives, needs, and concerns between the national board and the local chapters in an open, bi-directional spirit. Regional directors also assist in recruitment of new chapters and fostering a sense of community within each region through organizing regional conferences and get-togethers.


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Region I


 Denny Kim

Brown University School of Medicine, MS2

Hi everyone! My name is Denny Kim and I’m currently a second year medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. I grew up in Queens, NY and attended Brown University in the combined PLME eight-year program where I studied biology and was involved with many Asian American groups on campus.

As director of Region I, I’m excited to be the liaison between the chapters and the national board. I’ve always been passionate about AAPI issues and I hope to be able to facilitate the exchange of ideas among the schools. Although we may be a smaller region, by collaborating with our neighbors (Region II), we hope to throw another successful conference. Please send me an email with any ideas or suggestions, I’m excited for the year ahead!


Region II


 Nancy Dong

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, MS2

I’m a Florida girl by birth. I studied Chemistry and Chinese in Western Massachusetts. I taught high school chemistry in Los Angeles, CA. Now, I’m a second year medical student and chapter president of APAMSA at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY.  I love the sunny states but the New York/New Jersey area has advantages that are hard to beat! There are so many medical schools and resources in such a small area that make prime opportunities for integration. As a former regional director of the area, I look forward to building these experiences for our region 2 APAMSA base.Let us know what and who you want to be connected to and we will try to make it happen! (Especially for regional conference!)


Olivia Cheng

Stony Brook School of Medicine, MS2

Hello! My name is Olivia and I am an MS2 at Stony Brook University SOM. I was born and raised in New York City and am a city girl at heart. I graduated with a B.S. in Pharmacology and Cinema & Cultural Studies from Stony Brook University in 2014.
I am excited to be serving as a Regional Director and am looking forward to the great things APAMSA will accomplish this year! In my spare time, I enjoy arts and crafts, learning new things, and spending time with family and friends. Looking forward to a great year!

Riku Moriguchi

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, MS1

I am an MS1 at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. I was born in Japan, and moved to Long Island, NY when I was 7 years old. I studied Neuroscience at Cornell University, and graduated in 2013. For 2 years after that, I did research on pediatric neural development at the National Institutes of Health.

As one of 3 Region II directors, my goal is to increase the presence of APAMSA on the East Coast, specifically in the North East. I hope to have high attendance for the regional conference in the Spring, and that we can continue to have events that garner interest, not only from the Asian American students but also from medical students of all backgrounds. Please let me know if you have ideas for events!


Region III


Carolyn Tsai

Jefferson, MS2

Hello! My name is Carolyn, and I am currently a second year at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University (aka Jefferson Medical College). I grew up outside of Detroit, MI, graduated from Johns Hopkins University, and lived and worked in Taichung, Taiwan for a year before I started medical school. I was an Anthropology and Neuroscience major, and I am continually inspired by the ways language and culture influence the ways we view and interact with the people around us. I’m excited to be one of the Region 3 directors, and I hope to continue the excellent work of previous directors by keeping our APAMSA chapters connected and updated on each other’s projects. Please send us an e-mail if you have any ideas for inter-chapter collaboration or any suggestions at all!

Brian Chen

University of West Virginia School of Medicine, MS2


Region IV Southeast


Jennifer Hong

Emory University School of Medicine, MS2

Hi everyone! My name is Jennifer Hong and I am an M2 at Emory School of Medicine. I grew up in Nashville, TN, and graduated from Duke University with majors in Neuroscience and English.

I’m excited to be a Region IV SE Co-Director and hope that with the new addition of a Southeast region, we can better coordinate across medical schools in the Southeast and focus on issues that are particular to the API community in this region. I’m interested in focusing on how the API community often falls through the cracks in discussions about race and health, as well as increasing intersectional collaboration with other minority student groups.

Deandrea Ellis

Emory University School of Medicine, MS2

I am an M2 at Emory University SOM. I was born in Bronx, New York and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. My hobbies are cooking and Zumba.
As director of region IV, I will work cooperatively with the other directors to plan events to unite the APAMSA student groups in the southeast. I will also work hard to help new APAMSA groups in our region and serve as a point of contact amongst the groups. One of my goals this year is to address the barriers that have prevented region IV from having a regional conference. I look forward to working with you!

Alex Pan

Medical College of Georgia, MS3

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Region IV South

Bensen Thai

Tulane University School of Medicine, MS2

Wendy Liu

Tulane University School of Medicine, MS2


Yayu Zhong

UTHSC-San Antonio, MS2

Hello APAMSA! My name is Yayu, and I am a second year at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. I was born in China and then my family moved to the U.S., so I grew up in Atlanta, GA. I went to the University of Pennsylvania for college and graduated with a major in Biology.

I am one of the Region IV, South Division Co-Directors this year, and I cannot wait to start working to foster a sense of community within the division. As a person of Asian descent, I am proud of my heritage and want to raise more awareness for my culture. Regional Directors play a crucial role in ensuring that local chapters stay up to date on everything that is happening in the National APAMSA Community. In addition to improving communication and recruiting new chapters, I hope to organize a Regional Conference. Region IV is one of the only regions that did not have a Conference last year, most likely due to the vast geographical range of the region. Now that it is divided into two divisions, I believe one of the biggest barriers has been taken down. I will work hard to make possible a Regional Conference that is thought-provoking and addresses issues that the API population often faces. I look forward to working with everyone! Please feel free to shoot me an email if you have any ideas, comments, or concerns.

Region V


Jennifer Choy

Michigan State School of Medicine, MS3

Hi everyone! My name is Jennifer and I am a M3 at Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine. I am originally from California and received my B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UC San Diego. Prior to medical school, I spent a few years conducting stem cell research for neurodegenerative disorders.

This year as Region V Director, I hope to work with the chapter presidents to bring awareness to the issues facing the AAPI community to both AAPI and non-Asian individuals in the region’s healthcare communities. Additionally, I hope to increase collaboration and coherency between all chapters in the region, so that together, we can make a big impact in healthcare for the AAPI community in Region V.


Brian Chu

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, MS2

Hey guys! My name is Brian Chu and I am currently at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine finishing up my M2 year. I grew up in Torrance, CA which is in the greater Los Angeles area right next to Redondo Beach. I lived in LA pretty much my whole life as I went to UCLA for undergrad and majored in Biology. Moving to Cincinnati has been a great and very awesome experience for me. I wanted to try to help and give back to the relatively smaller but still vibrant Asian-American community here and thought becoming a Regional Director would be a great opportunity for that. I’m excited for what this year will bring and what I can contribute to such a great organization.

Mary Guan

University of Michigan School of Medicine, MS2

Region VI


Jeff Ni

Loyola School of Medicine, MS1

Hello all! My name is Jeff; I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014 with a major in Biochemistry and am currently an M1 at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. I am excited to serve APAMSA as the Regional Director for Region VI this year. Before medical school, I had the opportunity to work for the Beijing CDC and travel around Asia for a year, where I learned more about different cultures and my own heritage. In medical school, I hope to continue exploring new languages and cultures, and to apply this knowledge to my understanding of medicine. As Regional Director, I aim to promote communication and connections between chapters, increase awareness of AAPI culture and health, and organize an informative and rewarding regional conference. When I’m not all business, I enjoy dancing (hip hop), playing music, and honing my beatboxing abilities.


Justine Ly

Loyola School of Medicine, MS1

Hi, all!  My name is Justine Ly and I am currently an M1 at Loyola in Chicago.  I was born and raised in Chicago but did my undergraduate studies in the Cle at Case Western Reserve University, majoring in Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism.

As one of the Region VI directors, I am very excited to serve APAMSA this year!  I hope to continue fostering relationships between the medical schools within our region and mobilize us to spread awareness about the health disparities and needs within the APIA community. Through communication with the chapter presidents, I hope that we can learn from each other to better plan and execute programs at individual schools in addition to collaborating on larger projects.  Looking forward to see the great things APAMSA will accomplish this year!


Takahiro Ohara

WashU School of Medicine, MS2

I grew up in sunny Southern California and went to UCLA for undergrad. Then I went to the East Coast, near Washington D.C., where I braved Hurricane Sandy and the polar vortex while witnessing President Obama’s second inauguration and experiencing the government shutdown. Then I moved to St. Louis to start my MD/PhD at WashU but realized I had another set of problems to face: tornados, very few Asian food places, and strangely nice people. It has since been over a year, and I can gladly say that living in the Midwest is actually not too bad. I’m very happy to call St. Louis my home for the next seven years or so.

Although I may enjoy pipetting a little more than normal, and religiously follow Nature/Cell/Science every week, I have also been deeply passionate about serving the API population ever since freshman year of college. As Co-President of WashU’s APAMSA and as one of the Regional Directors of Region VI this year, I hope to make a positive impact on API communities within my region and organize a thought-provoking, inspiring Regional Conference.


Region VII


Jason Cheung

Touro Nevada, MS2

Hi APAMSA! My name is Jason Cheung and I’m a 2nd year medical student at Touro University in Las Vegas. I was born in Fremont, CA; raised in Sacramento, CA; and studied at UCLA with a biochemistry degree. I love spending time eating good food, hiking, traveling, and reading about tech.

At UCLA, I was involved in many community service organizations such as the Asian Pacific Health Corps and Community Programs Office Student Association. It was through these experiences that I became aware of disadvantaged communities such as the API population in the greater Los Angeles region. I coordinated several health fairs primarily in the San Gabriel Valley to address the need for health screenings and information. My exposure to these communities led me to my involvement in APAMSA and sparked my desire to help spread awareness of the health issues that the API population face. By being Regional Director, I hope to bring an exciting and great learning experience to the APAMSA chapters in Region VII.

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Robin Du

University of Southern California

Hi! My name is Robin Du and I am currently an MSI at USC Keck School of Medicine. I grew up in Boston, MA and completed my undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University where I studied Molecular & Cellular Biology and Neuroscience. During my time at Johns Hopkins, I volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician and conducted research in neuroscience and sensory systems. Currently, I am interested in ophthalmology, treatment of preventable blindness abroad, and neurodegenerative disease, as well as improvement of healthcare delivery. At Hopkins, I also took a Medical Mandarin course so that I could better communicate with Mandarin-speaking patients and my family and friends on healthcare issues. I’m interested in working with API populations in the future, whether in the US or abroad. In my free time, I like to go hiking and running, do Muay Thai, teach myself how to play the guitar, and watch scary movies.

I’m so excited to be representing Region VII as co-Regional Director this year, and I look forward to being involved in APAMSA and making a positive impact on API communities and healthcare! Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or ideas you want to pitch!

Deanna Wong


Region VIII


Christine Nguyen

UC Davis, MS1

Hi everyone! I’m a current MS1 at UC Davis School of Medicine. I am originally from Orange County and was involved with our communities while at UCLA. This year, will be my first time working closely with APAMSA and I am very excited for the opportunity. It is a great privilege to be one of the Co-Regional Directors for our first Region VIII: Northwest Chapters. Being new to the team, I’m eager to learn from our peers in order to continue working together to make an impact in our communities.
This year, I have two goals:
1. To integrate factors that shape individual asian communities into the health care dialogue.
2. Mental health is also a rising topic in our communities and should be towards the top of our care. Bringing in resources and trainings on how to best approach this topic in our communities and families will be one of my goals this year.

Donna Bui

UC Davis, MS1

My name is Donna Bui and I am a first year medical student at UC Davis. I was born and raised in San Jose, CA. I completed my undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. After graduating, I completed a community health fellowship at Stanford University.  I joined APAMSA looking to bond with a group of people who have similar interests with me and hoping to find mentorship and inspiration. I am excited to be representing Region 8 as a co-director this year!


Jenny Bingling Wu

UC Davis, MS1

Hi everyone! I am Jenny Wu, a first year medical student at UC Davis SOM, and I was born in China, spent 6 years in Sweden, and moved to the Bay Area when I was 9 years old. I attended UC Berkeley for undergrad and two years later I am in medical school pursuing my dreams of being a doctor! Region 8 is new this year, and I am eager to strengthen the ties between the different chapters and continue to advocate for the API community in medicine. I am interested in serving immigrant Asian populations in the future, so I strongly believe in positively impacting the current API patient populations and educating not only ourselves but also them in how to take charge of their own health. In my free time I like to bake, sing, dance, and invent hilarious puns! 🙂 Please shoot me an email if you have any questions or if you have any ideas about API-related medical issues.


Region IX – Antarctica



South Pole School of Spheniscidae Medicine

My name is Waddlez. I like to smash the patriarchy with my cute fluffy wings that are there for primarily aesthetic purposes but I guess also for balance because if I were a blob I would just fall over.