Daniela was born in Washington, DC. She went to Bard College for undergrad where she majored in music composition. She is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and is also a member of the National Health Services Corps. She served as a Thomas J Watson Fellow, studying leprosy in India, Madagascar, Uganda, Thailand, and Indonesia. She also wrote and illustrated the Moon Prince and the Sea, a children’s book that explores illness and death in a way that is comforting for children and families. She is actively contemplating becoming a dog mom and enjoys exploring the Hyde Park neighborhood in her free time.
Omar majored in Anthropology at Northwestern University and joined Teach for America after graduating. During his time as a TFA corps member, he worked as an AP Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science teacher at a charter school in Chicago while completing a Masters in Teaching from Dominican University. After 2 years he began medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and became an advocate for neighborhood schools, joining his Local School Council. At UIC he was a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and developed research interests in Bariatric Surgery and the perceptions of patients with Sickle Cell disease amongst medical students. His interests include obesity, IBD, fecal transplant and transitions of care. Sadly, Omar is a tortured Northwestern sports fan.
Ira was born in Logan, Utah, attended the University of British Columbia for his undergraduate degree, and now attends the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Ira was part of the Medical Research Scholars Program at the National Institutes of Health and studied genomics, clinical trial design, and big-data analysis. Ira founded the nonprofit organization, One Hour For Life, Inc. that focuses on providing sustainable healthcare through cross-cultural collaborations, and spent time in Ethiopia studying the burden of pediatric illness in Addis Ababa. He is always looking for a friend to ride a bike, ski, or be outside with, and is a huge Star Wars fan so I hope you are ready for a movie marathon!
Natalie was born in Seattle, Washington, and attended the University of Washington for her undergraduate degree where she studied medical anthropology and global health. She obtained her graduate degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from Georgetown University. Natalie is a member of AOA and also a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. As a medical student, she coordinated multidisciplinary student-run foot care clinics for the homeless population in Seattle and is interested in pursuing a career in underserved primary care. When not in the hospital, Natalie can be found wandering the Art Institute or pursuing lakefront yoga, and is eager to become a dog aunt to Daniela’s future canine.