Introducing the 2020-2021 SMAC Interns!
Louis Tan is a first generation, premed student who grew up in the Bay Area. He was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease as a child, which has helped shape his desire to pursue medicine as a career. He is passionate about educating underserved populations, and learning about how new technologies have the potential to revolutionize science and medicine. As a hobby, he likes to tinker with different aspects of art and design.
Louis attended the February 2020 SUMMA Conference at Stanford University, where he met Dr. Poullos. Inspired by Dr. Poullos’ story, he reached out to see how he could contribute to SMAC. Currently, Louis manages and provides creative input for SMAC’s social media channels.
As the eldest child of Vietnamese refugees, Nina Huynh is the first person in her family to attend college. She graduated from UC Berkeley, where she volunteered as a patient advocate and Vietnamese medical interpreter. Nina is highly passionate about dismantling health disparities in underserved populations. Growing up, she saw the healthcare barriers that her parents often faced, since both are disabled and have limited English proficiency. As a result, Nina took on the dual role of her parents' caregiver and medical interpreter at a young age. Since then, she has expanded her role to advocate for disadvantaged communities and is currently applying to medical school.
Nina joined SMAC because she wants to promote awareness about the challenges individuals with disabilities face and advocate for accessible and equitable health care.
Leadership & Committees
Dr. Poullos is a native of Stockton California. He attended Santa Clara University, then received his M.D. degree at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, after which he did Internal Medicine residency at the University of California-San Francisco, finishing in 2002. He stayed at UCSF as a Gastroenterology fellow but, after a spinal cord injury, he decided to retrain in Radiology. He did his Radiology residency at Stanford University, where he also completed a fellowship In Body Imaging in 2009. Dr. Poullos is now faculty in both the departments of Radiology and Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Dr. Poullos served as Associate Residency Program Director for the Stanford University Radiology Residency from 2009 through 2016. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition, which he founded in 2018. He currently serves on the Stanford School of Medicine Faculty Senate and the School of Medicine Diversity Cabinet. He also has a strong interest in medical education, and enjoys the opportunity to teach medical students, residents, and fellows.
Dr. Cori Poffenberger is Director of Faculty Development and Wellness for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Stanford, then moved to Nashville for medical school at Vanderbilt. She went on to complete her Emergency Medicine residency as well as her Ultrasound fellowship at Harbor-UCLA. She stayed at Harbor as faculty and Medical Director for 4 years before returning to Stanford. Dr. Poffenberger’s professional interests include faculty development, physician wellness, and diversity and inclusion, specifically related to disability. She is interested in developing more comprehensive education around disability for medical students, residents, and faculty, and how physician training around disability can impact patient care. She joined SMAC because she believes that disability is a part of human diversity, and is passionate about advocating for accessibility and equity for those with disabilities at Stanford.
I am Professor of Anesthesiologist, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, and the Chief of the Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Division at Stanford. I have always valued diversity and inclusion as it raises our community to a higher level of humanity and productivity. (Dis)ability represents the ultimate form of difference, often forgotten, and SMAC has the mission to promote this valuable group of our community. For those reasons, I proudly joined SMAC.
Khristian Erich Bauer-Rowe is currently a second year medical student at Stanford School of Medicine originally from Puerto Rico. He was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis during high school, which has inspired him to advocate for individuals with chronic illness and disabilities. He hopes to foster greater awareness and conversations about these causes in the field of medicine.
SMAC Director of Event Planning and Marketing
Anne Kuwabara (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
Dr. Anne Kuwabara is a passionate advocate for cultivating an inclusive and accessible environment throughout the healthcare system. Disability affects all of our lives in some form. By providing opportunities for all, we can more effectively collaborate in devising feasible plans to improve health and quality of life for all. Through Stanford Medicine Abilities Coalition, she looks forward to realizing this vision.
Dr. Kuwabara is currently a Physical Medicine Rehabilitation resident at Stanford. She completed her medical training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During this period, Dr. Kuwabara founded the first Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation interest group to advocate for the field and its patients. Within the Doctors for America organization, she served as the Maryland State Leader to improve healthcare access through insurance provision. To improve provision of care, she investigated patient outcomes in multiple orthopedic surgery and pain management studies.
At the University of California-Berkeley, Dr. Kuwabara completed undergraduate studies in molecular cell biology and public policy. During this time, she worked as an American College of Sports Medicine-certified cancer exercise trainer for patients recovering from chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Her public policy thesis analyzed interventions to improve health literacy in and outside of the hospital setting. With a civil engineering department team, she examined architectural ways to reduce hospital infection rates. At the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, she investigated improving cancer detection with the use of nanotechnology biomarkers.
Dr Mari Aparici, MD is a Clinical Professor in Radiology at Stanford University. She is a Nuclear Physician with residencies in both Europe (Barcelona) and US (Stanford), and with Molecular imaging fellowships from Stanford University. She is a physician-scientist in the development of Molecular Imaging. She has more than 20 years of clinical and research experience in the field, more than 10 years of a leadership position as Chief Nuclear Medicine at the San Francisco VAMC as part of her prior appointment as a UCSF faculty member, and now as Head of the Theranostics and Nuclear Therapies program at Stanford University. She has published more than 100 papers in reputed journals, has been serving as an editorial board member of reputed journals, has been PI of NIH and non-NIH grants and serves as a member of several to committees at her University and several Societies. I joined SMAC because I believe nobody is perfect. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and by working together we all benefit from the strengths of the group and overcome weaknesses.
Advisory Council Member
Heidi M Feldman MD PhD is the Ballinger-Swindells Professor of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Stanford. She earned a PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of PA and then an MD at the University of CA San Diego. After residency at UCSD, she completed fellowship training in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston. Her research focuses on language and reading in children with conditions that put development at risk, including deafness, persistent ear infections, and, most recently, prematurity. She has held several national leadership positions, including president of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Chair of the SubBoard for Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the American Board of Pediatrics.
At the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Feldman served as Program Director of a federally-funded interdisciplinary training program called Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. This opportunity broadened her perspective on the social model of disability and deepened her commitment to leadership and advocacy in the field of disability. Since joining the faculty at Stanford, she has taught a Human Biology course, entitled Developmental Disabilities: From Biology to Policy and has sponsored students teaching a student-initiated course, entitled Diverse Perspectives on Disabilities. She authored a book entitled Redesigning Health Care for Children with Disabilities: Strengthening Inclusion, Contribution and Health, which argues for new priorities in health care for children with disabilities. She has also taught inclusive classes of yoga to children.
Advisory Council Member
Hey everyone! I am a 4/5 medical student currently on clerkships! One of my big passions in life is disability advocacy. I have worked on disability issues on the main Stanford campus and here at the school of medicine. I was one of the founding members of MSDCI (Medical Students with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses). I joined SMAC because I wanted to improve Stanford School of Medicine's approach towards disability, from being reactive to proactive, and become a leader that other medical schools will follow in creating an environment that includes, accommodates, and promotes disability as diversity.
Advisory Council Member
Zina Jawadi has been passionate about hearing loss science and advocacy since eighth grade. She has bilateral, prelingual sensorineural hearing loss, underwent eight years of speech therapy, and wears hearing aids. She currently serves on the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) national Board of Trustees. She previously served as HLAA, California State Association trustee from February 2013 to February 2019, where she was also elected as secretary, vice president, and president.
Ms. Jawadi completed her master’s in June 2019 in bioengineering with medical device concentration at Stanford University, where she obtained a BS in biology in June 2018. Ms. Jawadi was also an intern at Stanford’s Santa Maria Lab focusing on hearing loss, and she was a user research intern at NeoSensory in 2018 and an undergraduate research assistant in the Stanford Department of Otolaryngology from 2014 to 2017. She previously interned at the UCSF Otology and Cochlear Implant Center and at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles.
Ms. Jawadi served as president of Power2ACT, Stanford’s disability advocacy organization, and as disability lead in the ASSU Executive Cabinet, representing the undergraduate and graduate Stanford student body. She launched the Abilities Hub at Stanford to secure a campus center for the disability community and founded the Stanford Disability Initiative to incorporate disability across all aspects of campus. Ms. Jawadi is an awardee of the Graduate Student Council's Excellence in Advocacy Award, Stanford Award of Excellence, Stanford James Lyons Award for Service, Stanford Psychology One Scholar Award, Bio-X Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship, Stanford Public Service Honor Society, Stanford Politico’s Top 10 (#3) Most Influential Undergrads, HLAA Outstanding Young Adult Award (2014), NCFL oratory national finalist, and a three-time recipient of the United States President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Faculty and Faculty Support Committee
David Jaffe (Mechanical Engineering)
Eleni Linos (Dermatology)
Jessica Rose (Orthopedic Surgery)
Medical Student and Medical Student Administration Committee
Adonis Rubio (Undergraduate)
Connie Wong (Undergraduate)
Carleigh Kude (Office of Accessible Education)
Mijiza Sanchez (Office of Medical Student Affairs)
(* denotes Committee Chair)
Residency and Graduate Medical Education Committee
Ken Sutha*(Pediatric Nephrology)
William Shomali (Hematology))
Richie Sapp (Medical Student)
Matthew Smuck (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
Stanford Healthcare Committee