Board of Directors

Antonio Moya, MD, MPH

Co-Founder and Executive Chair

Antonio Moya, MD MPH is a Board Certified Neurologist and LA County DHS Scholar working at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.  He completed his neurology residency at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Prior to residency, he graduated from the UCSF School of Medicine as a PRIME-US Scholar and also completed his MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health with a focus on Global Health in Asia.  

 

He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in the Philippines before medical school, specifically working on establishing telemedicine stroke care in this archipelago nation of more than 7,000 islands.  Antonio has primarily focused on the Filipino and Asian Pacific Islander global community, having served as one of the medical directors of the UCSF Student-Run Clinic Mabuhay Center and Director of the UCSF Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association.  Antonio has partnered in Los Angeles with the Filipino American Service Group Inc. (FASGI), having been awarded multiple community and national grants to leverage media tools to improve health behaviors related to stroke and other non-communicable diseases.

 

Career Interests: Dr. Moya is interested in stroke prevention and treatment among underserved communities, telemedicine to facilitate neurology education, referrals, diagnostics, and treatment, and Asian Pacific Islander immigrant health disparities.  He will be working as a full-time neurologist at the LA Department of Health Services in July 2020.  

Research Interests: Dr. Moya is interested in using qualitative research methods to understand stroke and health disparities.  He uses research as a means of advocating for the disaggregation of data among Asian subgroups. He would also like to focus on how to use telemedicine as a  platform to increase neurology care for immigrant, non-English speaking patients.

Angelico Razon, MD, MPH, MSHP

Co-Founder and Operations Chair

Dr. Angelico Razon is a post-doctoral fellow in the National Clinician Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include patient- and community-centered system design and policy interventions to promote patient self-efficacy and address social determinants of health. His research focuses on transitions of care, especially with how Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) access the healthcare services as they develop into adults.

 

After completing his undergraduate degree at Harvard College, he served as the Nonprofit Management Fellow at the Phillips Brooks House Association, a student-run nonprofit human service organization serving youth and communities in the Greater Boston Area. Afterward, he attended the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California through PRIME, a dual degree program focused on leadership in underserved and vulnerable communities. He pursued a Masters of Public Health in Healthcare Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where he also received the Zuckerman Fellowship for interdisciplinary work in public service. Dr. Razon completed Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at the University of Michigan.

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Robert Bucayu, MS4/MPH

Secretary Chair

Mr. Bucayu is currently a 4th year medical student in the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC) at UC Irvine School of Medicine (UCISOM) with an MPH degree in Community Health Sciences from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He also serves as a member of the Center for Health Equity Data Advisory Council with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. He is currently applying for pediatric residency programs this year.

 

At UCISOM for 2 years and UCLA for 2 years, Robert was co-leader of Filipino Americans in Medicine (FAIM) where he initiated/expanded mentorship programs and boosted the medical training pipeline for Pilipino Pre-health Undergraduate Student Organization (PUSO) at UC Irvine and Pilipinos for Community Health (PCH) at UCLA. While at UC Irvine, he initiated health screenings with Seafood City Supermarket, Filipino Outreach Group of St. John Neumann, and Together in Christ at St. Cecelia Catholic Church. During his second year of training, he conducted research on evaluating the association between the health related quality of life of Filipinos and obesity in Orange County in collaboration with the UC Irvine School of Nursing and presented his research at the 2016 Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations Building Healthy Communities Summit and the 2016 APAMSA National Conference. In 2016, Robert organized and directed the first Community Health Fair for Filipinos in Orange County in collaboration with The Filipino American Community of Orange County, Filipino Migrant Center, and Filipino American Health Workers Association. At UCLA, Robert collaborated with Dr. Antonio Moya and Filipino American Services Group, Inc to put on the Kapayapaan Healing Festival in Historic Filipinotown to address pressing health needs for the Filipino American community in Los Angeles. His research and career interests involve diversity, equity and inclusion in medical education, LGBTQ+ health disparities in children and young adults, HIV/AIDS, minority communities and health care access, and mentorship and leadership development of pre-medical students from underserved backgrounds.

At Stanford University, he was a resident advisor for freshmen, Community Outreach Co-Chair and Spanish interpreter for the Pacific Free Clinic, Praise and Worship Leader for the Catholic Community at Stanford, A capella director for all 4 years for Pilipino Culture Night lead by the Pilipino American Student Union (PASU), Community Service Co-chair for PASU, and member of Stanford Talisman A capella and Everyday People A capella. He was also an undergraduate research assistant in a pediatric allergy and immunology lab at the Stanford School of Medicine. After graduation, Robert volunteered as Fundraising Chair for the Mabuhay Health Center in San Francisco, a UCSF-affiliated free clinic focused on the Filipino community.

Robert graduated top four at St. Joseph High School in Santa Maria, and majored in Biology with Honors and minored in Spanish with an advanced proficiency notation at Stanford University.

Open Position 

Financial Chair

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Jasmin Reyes Moncada, MD, MS, MPP

Chief Engagement Chair

Jasmin Reyes Moncada, MD MS MPP is an OB/GYN chief resident (PGY-4) at the University of Hawaii. She earned her bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley, Masters of Science from San Francisco State University, Masters of Public Policy from UCLA Luskin School of Public Policy, and medical degree from David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA  through PRIME-LA. Her hometown is Carson, CA.
  
Why did you choose the University of Hawaii to do your training?
Because it is an academic program with a community feel. I am rigorously challenged in an intimate environment where my attendings care about me both as a person and colleague. I also want to serve the underserved, and we at UH actually “walk the walk and talk the talk”. Our UH attendings staff our local FQHCs and our program fosters a strong spirit of social justice.
 
What’s the best thing about being a resident at the University of Hawaii?
Within 10 minutes from my home, I can be watching the sunset at the beach with my 3 year old son and husband after a long day at work.

Katrina Heyrana, MD, PhD

Chief Engagement Chair

Dr. Heyrana is an OB/GYN and family planning fellow at LAC+USC in Los Angeles. She completed a combined MD/PhD program at Penn State, where she studied structural retrovirology and developed an interest in how vulnerable populations make complex medical decisions. During her OB/GYN residency at the University of Rochester, she developed a locally-focused social determinants of health curriculum incorporating reproductive justice (RJ) principles into patient care. She currently provides general OB/GYN care, complex contraceptive services, and abortion care to patients in LA County. Her research employs an RJ framework to explore the interplay between acculturation and the reproductive health needs of different AAPI populations, with a focus on Filipinx communities.

 

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Carlos Oronce, MD, MPH 

Chief Research and Education Chair

Carlos Irwin A. Oronce, MD, MPH is a fellow in the UCLA National Clinician Scholars Program and a primary care physician at the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System. He received his MD and MPH from Tulane University and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. His work focuses on the role of the health system in improving population health, advancing health equity, and delivering better value in care. His research interests include: (1) examining the relationship between public spending on the social determinants and community health, (2) understanding the impact of value-based care and payment policy on quality and outcomes with a focus on vulnerable patients, and (3) evaluating interventions that improve quality and value while reducing disparities for racial/ethnic minorities and low-income populations.

 

Melissa Palma, MD, MPH

Chief Research and Education Chair

Melissa Palma, MD, MPH  is an Iowa-raised daughter of Filipino immigrants. She graduated with degrees in biochemistry and medicine from the University of Iowa and began her career dedicated to the health of underserved populations. Her medical school capstone project for the Service and Global Health Distinction Tracks focused on health education programs for rural migrant farmworkers and a needs assessment of refugee social services in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa.

Dr. Palma was a Family Medicine resident at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts prior to training in Preventive Medicine  at Cook County Health in Chicago, IL, one of the oldest and largest safety-net health systems in the US. She graduated with a Masters of Public Health from Northwestern University in June 2020 and serves on the Organization of Resident Representatives for the American Association of Medical Colleges. Dr. Palma also serves as a board member of FYLPRO, a leadership program affiliated with the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC and the Ayala Foundation, Inc. Her academic interests include immigrant and refugee health, advocacy for health equity and addressing health disparities, and mentorship of underrepresented students in medicine.

Dr. Palma  also advocates for the Filipino community as an inaugural member of the Bicultural Iowa Writers’ Fellowship anthology, We the Interwoven, for emerging Iowan writers from immigrant backgrounds. Exploring themes of migration, belonging, and home in the Filipino diaspora, her writing has been featured in the Des Moines Art Festival, the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature Book Festival, and the non-circulating Pilipinx American Library exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Asian Art.

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Neil Wingkun, MD 

Chief Mentorship Chair

Geno Tai, MD 

Chief Mentorship Chair

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Nicolo Cabrera, MD

Chief IMG Chair

Nico is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. He came to the US for Internal Medicine residency at John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County in Chicago where he was chief resident. He did fellowship training in Infectious Disease in the Immunocompromised Track of University of Texas jointly with MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He is now a fellow in Immunocompromised Host/Transplant Infectious Disease in Stanford University.

 

Denise Sese, MD 

Chief IMG Chair

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