Student Leaders

PNHP Student Board Representatives

Van Doren TenOneVanessa Van Doren, Case Western Reserve University

Vanessa Van Doren is a medical student at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a leader and co-founder of Case Western’s Students for a National Health Program chapter. She is also the Health Policy Committee Leader for Case’s chapter of the American Medical Student Association and has held leadership positions in Case’s student chapters of Doctors for America, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, and White Coats 4 Black Lives. Vanessa received her BA in anthropology in 2007 from Brown University and worked as a genetics researcher for seven years before deciding to shift her focus to clinical medicine. She is very interested in coalition building, both among different health policy reform groups and between the single payer movement and other advocates for social justice and equality. Email:


SahaAnand93Anand Saha, East Tennessee State University College of Medicine

Anand Saha is currently an MD/MPH candidate at East TN State University College of Medicine and University of Memphis School of Public Health. He co-founded the first SNaHP chapter in the South (today all five medical schools in his home state, TN, have a SNaHP chapter!). Anand’s research interests include management, evaluation, and policy of health systems and community-based primary care for vulnerable populations. He works closely with the Church Health Center, a safety net community clinic in Memphis, and sees healthcare reform as a civil rights issue and a necessity in mitigating the inaccessibility, inequity, and unaffordability in USA’s healthcare system. Before graduate school, Anand received his BS in Neuroscience and Urban Studies from Emory University and taught middle school Science in Atlanta, GA. Email:


10505321_10204530614889113_1490681028236163208_nBryant Shuey, University of New Mexico

Bryant Shuey is a medical student at the University of New Mexico and a co-founder of UNM SNaHP. Bryant believes transitioning to a nationalized health system is essential for removing the barriers of cost and access that most Americans face when looking for health care and that it is our duty as future health professionals to advocate for our patients needs by looking to health reform for solutions. Outside of medical school, Bryant is an avid water polo player and enjoys walking his dog Susie. Email:


esk photoEmily Kirchner, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Emily Kirchner is a lifelong Pennsylvanian. She was born and raised in Beaver, PA, earned a degree in history from Bryn Mawr College, and is now a medical student at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia.  She has blogged for SNaHP and Medical Students for Choice and her writing has appeared on The Billfold and in-Training. She likes growing food (and eating it), craft beer, and thrift shops. Email:


Health Justice Coalition Team

Ebi OkahEbiere Okah, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Ebi Okah is a medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She has been involved in the single payer movement since 2010, when she joined Healthcare Now. She has also been the Sinai SNaHP chapter president and student representative on the NYC Metro Chapter Board. She is interested in advancing single payer while collaborating with other health justice oriented student organizations for the purpose of advancing health equity. Email:
Lily Ostrer,  Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Lily Ostrer is a medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She has been involved in the movement for single payer ever since she rallied for Green Mountain Care at the Vermont State House in 2011. She hopes to work towards a health care system that does not place greater value on the lives of historically advantaged folks by fighting for single payer and against racial and economic discrimination.

Education & Base Building Team

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Reuben Baker is a medical student at The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. He is a co-leader and re-founder of the Brown chapter of Students for a National Health Program. He eventually found his way to medical school after teaching for a few years in public schools and working as a medical case manager in an HIV clinic in Virginia. As a medical case manager, he helped to address barriers to health for his patients and was quickly disillusioned at how frequently co-pays, deductibles, insurance premiums, and navigating the complexities of health insurance and health systems got in the way of patients’ health and well-being. It was here that he became convinced that only a national health plan with truly universal benefits could address such barriers to healthcare. Email:

Political Advocacy Team

JP head shotJanine Petito, Boston University School of Medicine

Janine Petito is a medical student at Boston University School of Medicine and SNaHP member since 2014. She is committed to serving patients with the greatest medical need, and believes that equitable healthcare for all can only be achieved with a single payer system. She welcomes all SNaHP members to get involved with the Political Advocacy team and to reach out with their ideas and suggestions! Email:


Hyatt headshot (1)Andy Hyatt, Boston University School of Medicine

Andy Hyatt is a medical student at the Boston University School of Medicine, and one of the leaders of SNaHP’s Political Advocacy Team. He became involved in SNaHP after seeing the inadequacies of the Massachusetts reforms and the ACA affecting his patients’ health, especially the most sick and vulnerable. He also has an interest in housing policy and homelessness, and looks forward to the day when his patients will not have to worry about being denied needed care, pay their medical bills, or not being able to afford a safe, decent, and healthy home. Email:


Media Team

JonathanMichels03Jonathan Michels, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Jonathan Michels is a freelance journalist, a healthcare worker and a premedical student based in Winston-Salem, NC. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011, Jonathan embedded with social justice activists from around the state including participants in the Occupy Wall Street, marriage equality and Moral Monday movements. When Jonathan isn’t muckraking, he works as an x-ray tech in one of the largest community hospitals in the state. Caring for Winston-Salem’s poor and uninsured informed his belief that every person has a right to healthcare. As student of various Southern organizing movements for social change, it is Jonathan’s experience that fundamental social rights like universal access to healthcare have only been won through collective struggle. Email:


Augie LindmarkAugust Lindmark, University of Minnesota Medical School

Augie Lindmark is a student at the University of Minnesota Medical School and has previously worked in health equity organizing with FACE AIDS, Partners In Health Engage, and Minnesota’s chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.  Passionate about the intersection of advocacy and the right to health, he once rode a bicycle from San Francisco to Boston to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to raise funds for communities affected by HIV.  Augie received his B.A. in Biology from Luther College, and, with the guidance of some witty English professors and works by Anne Lamott, has since maintained a passion for writing.  Email:


Headshot1Katrina Herbst, Virginia Commonwealth University

Katrina Herbst is a medical student at Virginia Commonwealth University, and co-president of her school’s SNaHP chapter. A firm believer in the power of combined action, her priority in leadership is to find common ground with other student organizations to form a united front. In addition to advocating universal healthcare, Katrina has worked to improve health access for migrant farmworkers in rural Virginia and promotes comprehensive reproductive health education. Her clinical career will be community-based, with a focus on urban elderly. Her other interests include houseplants and rock-climbing. Email:


dixon_galvez_searleDixon Galvez-Searle, PNHP Communications Specialist

Dixon Galvez-Searle is a member of the national office staff of Physicians for a National Health Program, where his responsibilities include updating the PNHP website and social media accounts. Prior to joining PNHP, he spent nearly a decade in nonprofit communications, working on behalf of children in foster care, incarcerated women, and adult ESL learners. Dixon earned a B.A. in Film and Video from Columbia College Chicago (2003) and subsequently wrote for and edited a trade magazine covering the industry. His interests include cycling, Tai Chi, and re-watching the first ten seasons of The Simpsons. Email: