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2021-2022 RAMS Board

Wendy Sun, MD
Yale University School of Medicine
Dr. Wendy Sun is a PGY-3 at Yale-New Haven Health. She currently serves as the SAEM RAMS Board President. Wendy is passionate about increasing diversity within emergency medicine, patient safety, and health innovation. She grew up in Toronto, Canada, received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University, and earned her doctorate of medicine from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Hamza Ijaz, MD
University of Cincinnati

Hamza Ijaz is a PGY-3 at the University of Cincinnati. He initially got involved with SAEM as a medical student ambassador at the Annual Meeting, which ultimately led me to my time on the RAMS Board. He has been involved in many SAEM-RAMS projects and webinars over the past couple of years and can’t wait for the exciting content they have planned for the rest of the year. His interests in emergency medicine include both administration/operations and medical education.

Starnes_AndrewImmediate Past President
Andrew B. Starnes, MD, MPH
Wake Forest School of Medicine

Dr. Andrew Starnes attended medical school in Oklahoma and earned an MPH in health administration and policy. Through the MSA program, he became active in SAEM and was on an inaugural RAMS Board of Directors. He trained at Wake Forest with an incredible group of residents and faculty. He now works at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, Arkansas. His interests in emergency medicine are mainly focused on operations and administration.

Greg Adams, DO
Case Western Reserve University (MetroHealth)

Dr. Greg Adams is a chief resident at the Case Western Reserve University, MetroHealth and Cleveland Clinic program. He grew up in the Cleveland area and went to The Ohio State University for undergrad (Go Bucks). After that, he attended Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. His main interests within emergency medicine include administration and he is planning on pursing a fellowship in the same area after residency.

Michael J. DeFilippo, DO, MICP
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Dr. Michael DeFilippo is a former paramedic and is currently a resident at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He is interested in medical education, resuscitation, and ultrasound. 

Mariame Fofana, MD
Stanford Emergency Medicine

Dr. Mariame Fofana is a third year emergency medicine resident at Stanford Emergency Medicine. She grew up in Newark, New Jersey and received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Seton Hall University. She is ethnically Maninke, from Guinea in West Africa, and very fluent in her ethnic language. Dr. Fofana is interested in social EM, global health education, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Carleigh F. F. Hebbard, PhD, MD
The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center

Dr. Carleigh Hebbard is a PGY-2 at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She is passionate about increasing emergency medicine research participation and helping make connections between mentors and mentees. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology from Tulane University, a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish & Portuguese from Newcomb College, a doctorate in biochemistry (thrombosis and haemostasis) from Urbana-Champaign; and her medical doctorate from the University of Illinois.

Nella W. Hendley, MD, MA
Wake Forest School of Medicine

Dr. Nella Hendley started out as an EMT-Basic and learned that she loves emergency medicine. Her emergency medicine interests include EMS and research. A fun fact about Dr. Hendley is that she is  half-Danish and would love to try to be an EM doctor in Denmark for a few years!

Daniel N. Jourdan, MD
Henry Ford Hospital

Dr. Daniel Jourdan served a stent as an enlisted soldier with the US Army and then worked as a paramedic while attending undergraduate school. His interests grew to include the relatively new EM/IM/CC combined programs. He matched with Henry Ford EM/IM in Detroit where he plans to also complete an integrated Critical Care Fellowship. Dr. Jourdan's interests (besides critical care) include EMS, administration/operations, and improving the emergency medicine institution of hospital care for prolonged boarders.

Victoria Zhou, MD
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Victoria Zhou grew up all over the east coast. After spending a total of eight years in upstate New York for undergraduate and medical school, she has now settled in Philadelphia and loves it.

TaylorMedical Student Representative
Taylor Daniel
University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine

Taylor Daniel was raised in Houston, Texas and moved to Philadelphia seven years ago to study molecular biology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she remained to attend medical school. She can’t wait to apply for emergency medicine residency programs this cycle and has particular interest in ultrasound.

Pappal_RyanMedical Student Representative
Ryan Pappal
Washington University, School of Medicine in St. Louis

Ryan Pappal is a fourth-year student at Washington University. He has loved emergency medicine since he became a paramedic during undergraduate school. Ryan hopes to do some mixture of EMS and clinical research throughout his emergency medicine career.