Aaron Shapiro is the founder and Executive Director of Citizen Physicians. Originally from Maryland, Aaron is a medical student at Brown, part of the National Health Service Corps, and a Global Health Corps alumnus. He gets really excited when talking about increasing voter turnout!
Alan Siero, originally from Southern California, is currently a first-year medical student at Brown University who has experience in healthcare administration and communication management and is eager to continue to learn about his new home of Rhode Island and its legislative process. Formerly a communications director and public relations specialist, Alan joined Citizen Physicians as the Director of Communication to help further develop their online presence and manage a strong following for their social media platforms and newsletter for the upcoming year.
Andreas Mitchell is a third-year medical student at Harvard Medical School. He grew up in Ellicott City, MD and went to college at Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied anthropology. Andreas is a member of the Student National Medical Association, Medical Students for Long Island (an addiction treatment advocacy group), and a former member of the Student Leadership Committee of the HMS Center for Primary Care. He looks forward to applying to residency programs in primary care internal medicine. In his free time, he enjoys running and binge-watching The West Wing.
James Tanch is currently a first-year medical student at Brown University and is Director of Media and Blog Editor for Citizen Physicians. He is originally from Salem, MA, and graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in biology in 2012. Before coming to medical school, James was an ER Technician for three years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. While getting his hands dirty at the Brigham, he engaged in quality improvement and wrote clinical checklists and policies for the hospital.
Margie Thorsen hails from Cumberland, RI and is excited to be a part of Citizen Physicians Outreach and Recruitment at Brown University. Margie, currently a first year medical student at Alpert Medical School, studied public health in her undergraduate years at Brown and has particular interests in refugee health, digital health, and injury prevention. Margie looks forward to fostering a community of civically-engaged medical student advocates in her home state.
Noah Lubin hails from Ft. Lauderdale, FL and is excited to join Citizen Physicians as the PLME Outreach and Engagement Co-Coordinator. He graduated from Brown University with a BSc in Neuroscience in 2015 as part of the Program in Liberal Medical Education, and he is currently in his first year at Alpert Medical School. With a passion for healthcare reform, Noah is looking forward to affecting change in health policy in Rhode Island.
Shayla NM Durfey enthusiastically joins Citizen Physicians as Co-President of the Brown University Chapter. Shayla brings a passion for health systems change and advocacy, as well as experience working with the RI Department of Health. A native Rhode Islander, Shayla is a medical student who is excited to motivate her peers towards state government involvement and advocacy.
Yao Liu is excited to serve as Co-President of Citizen Physicians of Brown University. He has conducted economic and policy research on health systems issues and interned in the RI State House on health reform. Originally from Oregon, Yao has adopted Rhode Island as a new home and looks forward to engaging medical students in the political process to advocate for our future patients.