Aaron Robinson, MPH, MS IV

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Hey everyone! My name is Aaron Robinson and I'm from the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. I grew up in a small rural community called Winneconne---about an hour south of Green Bay, WI. I earned my undergraduate degree in Biology: Healthcare Science Emphasis and minors in Chemistry and Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. As the Technology and Social Media Coordinator, I hope to further strengthen the bond that we all share and increase the networking capabilities and support networks of ANAMS, the Association of American Indian Physicians, and everyone else involved in the pursuit of better health care. Native communities face challenges that others don't in terms of health care, and I hope to help address these challenges as well as learn from others. I'm where I am today largely due to the fact that I had such good mentors and remain to be inspired by others all the time. Carrying this passion through medical school, I hope I'm able to mentor students and others as they strive to achieve their utmost goals. I hold a strong interest in neurology, surgery, and cardiology and may possibly enter a career in those fields, although I am keeping my mind completely open as I progress through medical school, because no one knows what field I may end up practicing in. When I have free time, I enjoy spending lots of time outside, participating in a variety of sports, supporting the World Champion Green Bay Packers, playing the drum set, and traveling! I look forward to getting to know everyone better and hope for a great year!

Immediate Past-President
 Paul Blackcloud, MD PGY1

Intern, Memorial Sloan Kettering 

My name is Paul Blackcloud and I am Hunkpapa Lakota from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. I grew up in Rochester, NY and completed a BA in environmental studies from Dartmouth College in 2002. After spending a few years in an unrelated field, I am happy to now be pursuing a life in medicine. I am currently a medical intern in New York City, which will be followed by a dermatology residency at UCLA . My primary interest in regards to native health is in growing the number of native physicians through mentorships with high school and undergraduate students interested in medicine, to ensure they get the support and guidance they need. As our organization grows, I am also excited to foster an environment of support and partnership among members as we progress through training and into our professional careers. I am grateful for the support I’ve received through this organization and AAIP as a student.

 Cassandra Rendon, MS III, MPH Student

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Boozhoo! My name is Cassie Rendon. I am between my third and fourth year of medical school at Geisel, currently taking a year off to earn a Master's in Public Health at The Dartmouth Institute . I am Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Oglala Lakota from Belcourt, ND. I’ve received a B.A. in psychology from Dartmouth College in 2009 and a B.S. in biology from the University of North Dakota in 2013. I am a Rural Health Scholar at Geisel and I remain active with the Native community at Dartmouth. Since I can remember, I’ve always loved working with children. I’ve spent time as a live-in nanny and child care provider at day cares and I currently volunteer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in a program that provides comfort for newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Volunteers in this program are also known as “baby snugglers.” In my spare time I try to remain active, read for fun, and write poetry when inspired.

 Caleb Shahbandeh, MS I

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Medicine 

Chokma! My name is Caleb Shahbandeh. I am a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and a student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center’s College of Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before medical school I worked for my tribe as a Health Educator in the   Department of Research and Population Health. In this position, I helped
manage a large SAMHSA grant and researched if Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) accreditation was feasible and desirable for our health system. I was the DVOPPP Liaison for ANAMS during my years as a public health student and have been involved with this organization and AAIP, since my undergrad. These organizations have provided me with an amazing amount of support and opportunities over the years. I’ve made friends all over the country and the impact this group of individuals has had on my life is enormous. As a new medical student, I’m proud to serve as the treasurer and look forward to a good year. 

 Kirsten Concha-Moore, MS III

University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson

My name is Kirsten Concha-Moore and I am from Taos Pueblo and Jemez Pueblo. I grew up on the Taos Pueblo reservation in northern New Mexico and have also spent ten years in northern California. I attended the University of California Santa Cruz and completed my Bachelors in Science in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology in 2012. I am currently a second year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson. I love the Southwest and have an interest in working with American Indian patients in this area. This summer I participated in a Rural Health Professions Program in OB/GYN on the Navajo Nation.  I am also interested in pursuing an interest in Indian Health Policy and spent part of my summer doing a fellowship with the National Congress of American Indians. I have not decided which field of medicine I will enter, but my interests include OB/GYN and surgery. I am excited to be part of ANAMS as the West Coast Representative! I have benefited tremendously from wonderful mentorship and networking opportunities, especially the connections I have made through AAIP and with other American Indian premedical and medical students. I look forward to creating a stronger network for Native medical students in the West Coast Region and with other ANAMS members.

East Regional Representative
 Jessica Buck, MS IV

Cornell Medical College

Hi all! My name is Jessica Buck and I am a member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma. I moved around internationally growing up, but each summer we'd return to Gracemont, Oklahoma for the powwow season. I graduated from Harvard College with a BA in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. After college, I worked at the American Indian Community House in New York City. Fun fact: NYC has the largest urban Native population with over 110,000 Natives! I’m currently a third year at Weill Cornell Medical College hoping to go into OBGYN. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone at upcoming conferences/events!

Central Regional Representative
 Justin Meyers, MS IV

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Hi everyone! My name is Justin Meyers from the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin. I am currently a third year studying and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. I did my undergrad here in Madison as well, and as the Central Representative I hope to establish more ANAMS chapters among the region and continue recruitment of new members to ANAMS from schools in the area. I also hope we can have representation from many of the schools at the Central regional meeting each year. In my free time I enjoy playing any sports, hunting, fishing, and anything to get away from school. I have loved every specialty I have been exposed to so far, so I have no idea what I want to do when I grow up!

Membership Coordinator
Mariela Mariscal, MSII

University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson

Hello! My name is Marisela Mariscal and I am a descendent of the Laguna Pueblo.  I was born and raised in Tucson, AZ and received my Bachelor’s degree in Physiology from the University of Arizona.  Currently I am a second year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson. My interests are in emergency medicine, pediatrics, and OB/GYN. I enjoy spending time with my family, movies and traveling.  As a physician I plan to work with underserved populations because I want to improve healthcare for those who are at the greatest risk. I also plan to continue mentoring because it is for those individuals who believed in me and provided guidance to help me achieve my greatest goal of becoming a physician and I want to be that person for others. I am excited to be a part of ANAMS and hope to increase the membership in this organization and create a closer network of support. 

Membership Coordinator
 Matt Murphy, MS III

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Hey everyone! My name is Matt Murphy and I am Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican. I grew up in Cedarburg, WI, which is just north of Milwaukee. I received undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry and American Indian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and stayed for medical school. As the membership coordinator, I hope to provide a framework for easy, effective communication among ANAMS students. In my free time, I enjoy biking, snowboarding, fly-fishing, and cheering on the Badgers!


DVOPPP Liaison
 Amber Anderson, MPH Student

College of Health Professions at North Dakota State University

Osiyo! My name is Amber Anderson and I am a citizen of the Cherokee Nation from Oklahoma. I currently live in my hometown, Oklahoma City, and received my Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Minor in American Indian Studies from Oklahoma State University in 2015. I am in my first year of my Master of Public Health degree and am specializing in American Indian Public Health at North Dakota State University. In addition to graduate school, I work as the Practice Enhancement Coordinator and Diabetes Coordinator at the Oklahoma Area Tribal Epidemiology Center, which is part of the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board. In my free time I enjoy reading, cycling, hiking, fishing, and going to concerts. As the Dental, Veterinary, Optometry, Pharmacy, Podiatry, and Public Health (DVOPPP) Liaison, I hope to increase the representation of these health professions in ANAMS as we know each arena of healthcare is vital in improving the overall health of American Indian/Alaska Native communities.

Member at Large
 Ryan JJ Buckley, MPH, MS IV

University of Minnesota Medical School

Hello! My name is Ryan and I’m from Macedon, New York. I’m a member of the Cherokee Nation and studied International Studies and Biomedical Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I am currently a third-year medical student at the University of Minnesota. This year I hope to increase student awareness and interest in Native American health care among native and non-native students. I don’t currently know what I’ll end up specializing in, but I'm leaning towards Emergency Medicine. In my spare time I enjoy rock climbing, reading, and drinking strong coffee.

Member at Large
 Stefanie Gillson, MS IV

University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth

Hello! My name is Stefanie Gillson. I am Dakota from St Paul, Minnesota; tribally my family is Santee Sioux of Nebraska.  My undergraduate degree is from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Biology. I am currently a third year medical school at the University of Minnesota- Duluth.  This year, I am the ANAMS Duluth chapter President as well as a Member at Large.  I am excited to be involved with ANAMS locally as well as nationally. I am hoping to be more involved in the local communities in Duluth by starting Native American young girls running group, as well as being involved with the Native American undergraduate students in Minnesota.  So far, I like most of the different areas of medicine and am waiting to see what really peaks my interest. In my free time I like to run, rock climb, pretty much anything else outside and see my friends and family!

Interested in becoming part of ANAMS leadership? Feel free to inquire about board positions and let us know if you are interested in running for a position in the 2016-2017 Executive Board Elections to be held at the AAIP Annual Meeting in August 2016. Email with any questions!