Office of Student Affairs

Student Organizations



The School of Medicine has a wide range of organizations for students to join. SOM student organizations are under the umbrella of the Medical Student Advisory Council and must follow its guidelines in order to receive funding through MSAC.

Additionally, students are encouraged to explore the options offered through Student Life. All student organizations must be approved through the UMKC Student Life Office and should have a faculty and staff advisor. For more information about the approval process, please consult the guidelines found at http://www.umkc.edu/getinvolved/. In addition to the access to student activity fees, student recognition allows organizations:

  • Use of space at the School of Medicine
  • Advising support
  • Inclusion of events in the Student Affairs Announcements
  • Public relations support
  • Bulletin board space
  • Leadership training
Medical School Advisory Council (MSAC)

President: Tim Chow
Vice president: Catherine Tran
Treasurer: Diana Jung
Junior treasurer: (vacant)
Secretaries: Kizhan Muhammad and Shannon Demehri
Social/Philanthropy chairs: Forrest Kent and Haley Mayenkar
Social chair assistant: Supriya Reddy
Philanthropy chair assistant: Michael Phan
SGA senators: Sara Agha and (vacant)
SAFC representative: Sahaja Atluri
Physician Assistant Representative: Ryan Smith

Alpha Omega Alpha

Advisor: John Foxworth, Pharm.D., foxworthj@umkc.edu, 816-235-1925
President: Jasleen Ghuman
Vice President: Comron Hassanzadeh
Secretary: Payal Patel
Treasurer: Hima Veeramachaneni
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American Medical Association (AMA) Student Chapter

President: Nilbhi Patel
Vice President: Usman Hasnie and Hima Veeramachaneni
Delegate: Haley Mayenkar
Alternate Delegate: Kartik Sreepada
Treasurer: Manna Varghese
Secretary: Maliha Bhatti
Community Service Chair: Noor Alshami
Year 1-2 Recruitment Chair: Priya Jain
Year 3-6 Recruitment Chair: Deven Bhatia

American Medical Women’s Association

Advisor: Carol Stanford, M.D.
Advisor: Fariha Shafi, M.D.

Presidents: Paige Martin and Sanju Eswaran
Vice Presidents: AnnaMaria Maples and Katie Sheahan
Secretary: Laura Meidl
Treasurers: Jenny Vu and Shubhu Sekhon
Social Chairs: Eri Joyo and Sally Azer
Year 6 Representatives: Molly Carnahan and Kayla Briggs
Year 5 Representatives: Lidia Kruse and Angela Mundukkal
Year 4 Representatives: Saba Bajwa and Odindo Opole
Year 3 Representatives: Sarah Kasi and Rmaah Memon
Year 2 Representatives: Rose Puthumuna and Michele Yang

Anesthesiology Interest Group

Co-Presidents: Farhan Raza and Supriya Dasari
Vice President: Tony Phillips
ASA Delegate: Cate Curcuru
Secretary & Webmaster: Omar Qayum
Treasurer: Jake Kuhlman
Years 1&2 Awareness Chair: Arina Ghosh

Anesthesiologist Assistant Student Organization (AASO)

Advisor: Marge Weimer

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)

Staff Advisor: Cary Chelladurai
Co-Presidents: Elizabeth Theng and Mohammed Hasan
Vice President: Vijaya Dasari
Secretary: Raga Kilaru
Senior Treasurer: Sarthak Garg
Junior Treasurer: Shruti Kumar
Webmaster: Tara Krishnan
Conference Chair: Supriya Reddy
Historian: Mahnoor Malik
Senior Public Relations: Govindh Jilakara
Junior Public Relations: Sree Lanka
Year 2 Representatives: Leslie Shang and Shubhika Jain
Email: umkcapamsa@gmail.com
Website: http://www.apamsa.xpressinbox.com
Twitter: umkcapamsa

Christian Medical and Dental Student Association

Staff Advisor: John Purk, DDS
President :  Joshua Prather
Vice President :  Mark Spaw
Treasurer: Nick Reinegal (IMKC Dental)

Dermatology Interest Group

Faculty Advisor: Carol Stanford, M.D.
President: Grant Randall
Vice-President: Jeena Sandhu
Secretary: Charles Sherrod
Treasurer: John Wuennenberg
Volunteer Coordinator: Vidhi Shah
Research Coordinator: Siddhant Thukral
Event Coordinator: Lauran Bulgarelli

Doctors for America

Advisor: Niloofar Shahmohammadi
President: Shree Gvindarajan
Vice Presidents: Ajay Patel and Kaleb Afshar
Public Relations: Imran Nizamuddin
Treasurers: Pratika Goparaju and Nikitha Potturi
Fundraising Chair: Gurpreet Seehra
Secretary: Binoy Shah
Historian: Nilbhi Patel
Social Chair: Nicholas Keeven
Recruitment Officer: Vishnu Harikumar
Web Master: Luke He
Year 2 Representatives: Elsa George and Ammar Hasnie

Emergency Medicine Interest Group

Faculty Advisors: Emily Hillman, M.D.
Yr 6 Co-Presidents: Sean Mark and Dylan Wyatt
Yr 5 Co-Presidents: Allie Reinbold and Margaret Kirwin
Secretary: Deven Bhatia
Treasurer: Binoy Shah

ENT Interest Group

Co-Presidents: Nneoma Wamkpah, Mark Spaw, Tony Guidos
Vice-President: Danielle Cunningham
Secretary: Angela Nwankwo
Treasurer: Namira Ali
PR: Elizabeth George and Waqar Zuberi

Family Medicine Interest Group

Advisor: Miranda Huffman. M.D.
Co-Presidents:
Nymisha Rao –  nry74@mail.umkc.edu
Columbine Che –  cncd49@mail.umkc.edu
Co-Vice Presidents:
Banoo Amighi – bac46@mail.umkc.edu
Emma Connelly – emcmv4@mail.umkc.edu
Treasurer:
Kyla Mahone – km824@mail.umkc.edu
Secretary:
Amber Rollet – anr6x6@mail.umkc.edu
PR Rep:
Tiffany Bland – tgbm97@mail.umkc.edu
Community Service Chair:
Emily Gray –  ejgz93@mail.umkc.edu
6th yr. Reps:
Seenu Abraham – savhd@mail.umkc.edu
Emily Gray –  ejgz93@mail.umkc.edu

Free Eye Clinic

Faculty Advisor: Nancy Kunjukunju, M.D., UMKC Ophthalmology Residency Program Director
Volunteer Director: Kartik Sreepada
Programs and Education Director: Ravali Gummi
Communications Officers: Imran Nizamuddin and Nicole Cabalo (KCUMB)
Client Liasons: Himachandana Atluri, Susamita Kesh, Sarah Alshami, Ahsan Hussain
Outreach and Events Officers: Vishnu Harikumar, Huma Mujadad, Comron Hassanzadeh, Viren Rana (KCUMB)
Information Management Officer: Mrigank Gupta

Global Medical Brigades

President: Grace Rector
Vice President: Logan Burrow
Recruitment Chairs: Raksha Madhavan and Taylor Reiman
Treasurers: Ami Purohit and Nikitha Potturi
Fundraising Chair: Cindy Jaing
Logistics Chair: Adil Hassan

GlobeMed (Global Medical Relief Program)

Advisor: Lynda Payne, Ph.D.
External Co-President: Matthew Goers
Internal Co-President (Fall): Hassan Rao
Internal Co-President (Spr): Salik Choudhary
Co-Campaign Coordinator: Simmi Arora
Co-Campaign Coordinator: Laura Schoeneberg
Director of Finances: Asm Iftiar Chowdhury
Director of Communications: Nistasha Khullar
Community Builder: Nasreen Quadri
co-GHU Coordinator: Katrina Abella
co-GHU Coordinator: Melony Chakrabarty

Gold Humanism Honor Society

Advisor: Carol Stanford, M.D. StanfordC@umkc.edu, 816 235-1964
Co-President: Debbie Levy
Co-President: Kevin Gibas
Treasurer: Nate LaVoy, Lauren Thai
Secretary: Hima Veeramachaneni

Internal Medicine Interest Group

Advisor: Connie Beachler
President: Rahul Maheshwari
Vice Presidents:  Neil Kapil, David Sanborn
Secretary:  Kevin Gibas
Treasurer:   Diana Jung

Interprofessional Education Interest Group

Advisor: Stefanie Ellison, M.D.
President: Robert Weidling
Morgan Beard
Vincent Cascone
Maggie Kirwin
Grant Randall
Alie Reinbold
Mitchell Solano

MD-Only Student Organization

Advisor: Steven Waldman, M.D.

Medical Humanities Interest Group

Advisor: Steven D. Waldman, M.D., J.D.
President: Reid Waldman
Vice President: Matt
Treasurer: Caleb Kennon
Secretary: Grace Rector
Recruitment: Nicholas Keevan and Margaret Finn
Event Planning: Chris Wester and Jenny Vu

Medical Student Research Interest Group

Advisor: Lawrence Dall, M.D.
President: Ryan Eckert
Vice President: Asha Nookala and Katy Nickols
Treasurer: Kaitlin Vogt
Secretary: Amanda Fletcher
PR Chair: Haley Bray

Medical Student Wellness Council

Advisor: Niloofar Shahmohammadi
President: Steven Philips
Vice President: Kelly Kapp
Treasurer: Kale Turner
Secretary: Krishna Trivedi
PR: Urooge Boda

Ob-Gyn Interest Group

Co-Presidents: Deborah Levy and Alexis Vollmar
Vice President: Suashi Akande
Secretary:  Josie Doo
Treasurer:  Alex Johnson
Community Service: Nilbhi Patel
Social Chair/PR: Ben Castro

On-Call Musicians

Presidents: Elsa George and Shane Storm
Vice-President: Meghana Kumar
Public Relations: Ilham Boda and Caroline Olson
Event Organizers: Nikhil Dhall and Elliot Rigsby
Secretary: Emily Boschert
Treasurer: Adnan Islam

Ophthalmology Interest Group

Advisor: Rick Lustig, M.D.
Presidents: Ravali Gummi and Ahsan Hussain
Vice Presidents: Imran Nizamuddin and Sarah Alshami
Secretary: Hima Atluri
Treasurer: Megan Ivy

Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group

Co-Presidents: Corey Wells & Chris Wester
Vice President: Amanda Fletcher
Public Relations Chair: Chizitam Ibezim
Community Service Chair: Jeffery Klott
Vice President of Bones & Joints Initiative: Asad Helal
Treasurer: Mundeep Bawa
Secretary: Emily Boschert

Pediatric Interest Group

Advisor: Dr. Brian Burghardt
Advisor: Connie Beachler
President – Mitali Thanawala
Vice President – Nick Lawson
Conference Chairs – Lydia Matthews & Lauren Thai
Secretary/Public Relations – Meghna Singh
Treasurer – Anusha Kodidhi
Historian – Seenu Abraham
Social Chair – Eri Joyo
Community Service Chair – Susamita Kesh

Preventative Medicine and Public Health Interest Group

President: Kevin Gibas
Vice President:  Abhishek Kantamneni
Secretary:  Siri Kommareddy
Treasurer:  Seenu Abraham
Social Chair: Arina Ghosh

Psychiatry Interest Group

Advisor: Nashaat Boutros, M.D.
Advisor: Connie Beachler

Co-Presidents: Kartik Sreepada and Justin Garcia
Co-Vice Presidents: Tanvi Kohli and Eddy Nabrinsky
Secretary: Sunna Khan
Treasurer: Nilbhi Patel
Social Chair: Jacob Lee
Research Liaison: Carlee Oakley
Education Coordinator: Eddy Nabrinsky

Physician Assistant Student Association

Advisor: Marge Weimer
President: Anna Cooper
Vice President:  Abigail Poindexter
Secretary:  Kaitlin Foster
Admissions Rep: Clint Gregory
Outreach Chair: Laura Swaters
MoAPA Rep: Vinesha Byers

Radiology Interest Group

Advisor: Lawrence Ricci, M.D.
President: Ankit Mehta, Zara Wadood
Vice President: Tarana Gill, David Skelton
Secretary: Saem Haque
Treasurer: Solomon Kim

Roos On Call

President: Kayla Briggs
Chief of Operations: Mehr Shah, Danielle Graves
Senior Treasurer: Ravali Gummi
Junior Treasurer: Elizabeth Theng
Secretary: Marjorie Farrington
Public Relations Officer: Shannon Kilfoy
Advertiser/Historian: Jacob Perera
Education Chair: Haley Mayenkar
Fit for Life Co-Chairs: Logan Burrow, Asma Akhtar

Society for Skin Health Awareness

Faculty Advisors: Steven Waldman, M.D. and Carol Stanford, M.D.
President: Reid Waldman
Vice-President: Jeena Sandhu
Secretary: Charles Sherrod
Treasurer: Dean Merrill
Volunteer Coordinator: Vidhi Shah
Research Coordinator: Siddhant Thukral
Good Skin Knowledge Director: Lauren Bulgarelli

Sojourner Clinic

Faculty Advisor: Dan Purdom, M.D. and Angela Barnett, M.D.
Executive Director: Peter Lazarz
Dir of Development: Sree Balusu
Lab Director: Danielle Graves
Main Operations Manager: Comron  Hassanzadeh
Managers: Hima  Atluri, Jasleen Ghuman, Siri Komareddy, Amena Mohiuddin, Steven Philips, Vaishnavi Vaidyanathan, Seenu Abraham, Alana Hofmann, Samuel Thomas
Lab Managers: Kavelin Rumalla, Ammar Hasnie, Antonio Petralia
PA 2 Rep: Laura Swaters
PA 1 Rep: Rachel Hoins
Webmasters: AnnaMaria Maples and Lakshmi Katta
Secretary: Neil Kapil
PR Reps: Adithi Reddy and Vishnu Harikumar
Pharmacy Liason: Priyesha Bijlani
Finance Team: Rose Puthumana
Contact: umkcfreeclinic@umkc.edu
Website: http://studo.umkc.edu/sojournerhealthclinic
** to volunteer, email umkcfreeclinic@umkc.edu with your name and year**

Spanish in Medicine Interest Group

Presidents: Supriya Dasari and Lidia Kruse
Vice President: Sham Singh
Curriculum Director: Imran Nizamuddin
Treasurer: Manna Varghese

Sports Medicine Interest Group (SMIG)

President: Krishna Kumar (Year 4)
Vice-President: Divya Igwe (Year 4)
Treasurer: Mobashir Alam (Year 4)
Philanthropy (2): Vivek Vallurupalli (Year 3) and Logan Burrow (Year 3)
Correspondents (2): Thanuja Neerukonda (Year 2) and Deven Bhatia (Year 3)
Recruitment (2): Elizabeth Robin (Year 2) and JJ Waddell (Year 4)
Members at Large (2): Hima Veeramachaneni (Year 5) and Kirbi Yelorda (Year 5)

Student Interest Group of Neurosurgery (SIGNS)

Advisor: Dr. Felix Okah
President: Megan Lilley
Vice President: Kavelin Rumalla

Secretary: Rachana Kombathula
Treasurer: Mrudula Gandham
Public Relations Officer: Akhil Pulumati
Years 1/2 Liaison: Vijay Letchuman

Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Bickel
Co-Presidents: Catherine Tran & Vivek Vallurupalli
Co-Vice Presidents: Michael Phan & James Phan
Secretary: Chizitam Ibezim
Treasurer: Noor Aftab
PR Chairs/Event Coordinators: Prarthana Patel & Ammar Hasnie

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

President: Jazmine Smith
Vice President: Suashi Akande
Secretary: J.P. (Nnamdi) Okafor
Community Service: Angela Nwankwo and Debra Wakesa
Treasurer: Eryn Wanyonyi
Social Chair: Taylor Carter
Diversity Council Representative: Uzoamaka Ofodu

Surgical Society

Faculty Advisor: Glenn Talboy, M.D.
President: Denesh Ratnasingam
Vice President: Abhishak Kantamneni
Secretary: Vidhan Srivastava
Treasurer: Merrill Thomas
Public Relations chairman: Nneoma Wamkpah
Senior Advisors: Kevin Xiao and Ankit Verma

UMKC Walk with a Doc (WWAD)

President: Deven Bhatia
Vice President: Binoy Shah
Community Events Chair: Vivek Vallurupalli
Treasurer: Komal Kumar
Public Relations Chair: Raksha Madhavan
Physicians Liaison: Niraj Madhani
Secretary: Sree Lanka
Years 3-6 Recruitment Chair: Michael VanDillen
Years 1-2 Recruitment Chair: Mohammed Hasan
Historian/Photographer: Haley McConville

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