Grant Writing Committee
Angelico Razon, MD MPH MSHP, CYFAM Co-Founder,
Grant Writing Committee Mentor
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.
Nina Gutierrez, MS1, Co-Head of Grant Writing Committee
Ms. Gutierrez attended St. Francis High School in Sacramento, CA. In high school, community service was something she was passionate about. For four years she volunteered at Challenge Sports, a program that offered a space for children with special needs to participate in soccer and basketball. She attended a service trip to New Orleans and helped my school’s campus ministry. She also participated in the Science Olympiad. She was in the top 10% of her class and graduated in 2015.
For undergrad, she attended the University of California, Berkeley. While at Cal, she was an undergraduate research assistant in the Blackman Lab where she studied monkeyflowers. She also participated in two premedical organizations, the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and the Pilipino Association for Health Careers (PAHC). She made some of her best memories in these organizations and later held leadership positions in both for two years. She also had a great time volunteering at the Mabuhay Health Center as a health coach and Fundraising Chair. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Immunology and Infectious Diseases and a minor in Disability Studies.
She took a gap year while applying to medical school where she worked as a medical assistant at Marin Retina, a private practice ophthalmology clinic. Now she is a rising MS1 student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
Rommell Noche, MS1, Co-Head of Grant Writing Committee
Rommell Noche is a first year medical student at Frank H. Netter School of Medicine in Connecticut. His current interests include cardiovascular disease, precision medicine, and medical genetics.
Prior to medical school, Rommell worked as a postgraduate research associate at Yale School of Medicine, Division of Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurology. While there, he explored recurrent stroke in the middle-aged and the relationship between genetically determined hypertension and brain health. Rommell has presented at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting, European Stroke Organisation Conference, and International Stroke Conference. His work has been published in Stroke and Annals of Neurology.
Rommell graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Master of Science in Chemistry in the Vagelos Scholars Program in the Molecular Life Sciences. His master’s thesis investigated the role of activated endothelial cell surfaces in coagulation enzyme complex assembly. Outside of classes and research, Rommell was a volunteer coordinator for United Community Clinic, a student-run, free health clinic in West Philadelphia. He was also a member of the Penn Philippine Association, serving as an officer of the executive board and performing at the annual cultural show. His favorite dance was Sayaw sa Bangko.
Born in Guam, Rommell moved to Southern California at the age of five. He attended Rancho Cucamonga High School and was involved in the Associated Student Body, National Honor Society, and Science Olympiad.
J.J. Nario, MS4, Grant Writing Committee Member
Mr. Nario is a medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. He is a first-generation college graduate and (soon-to-be) physician. He is active in research, with published work on cryptogenic strokes under Dr. Ajay Gupta, including a book chapter and a JAHA paper on stroke imaging patterns seen on computed tomography. For his scholarly project under Dr. Sumit Niogi, he is investigating the utility of diffusion tensor imaging, both in predicting clinical outcomes of patients with intracranial colloid cysts and in surgical planning for these patients. During the COVID-19 surge in NYC, he helped build and maintain a database of 2100 patients across the city to help clinicians model the disease and predict clinical outcomes—data from which helped inform policy by NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Outside research, he served as vice president of the student chapter of the Am. Assoc. of Neurological Surgeons and participated in the school’s Music & Medicine initiative. The care of underserved and underrepresented communities has also become central to him through work at Cornell’s free continuity-of-care clinic and through contributing Tagalog translations to COVID19FactCheck.com, a COVID-19 health literacy project formed with UCSF medical students.
From UC Irvine, Mr. Nario graduated magna cum laude in Biomedical Engineering and cum laude in Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In engineering, his work focused on medical devices, with a senior design project on developing affordable malaria diagnostics. After UCI and prior to Cornell, he worked full-time as a manufacturing technician for Avrio Biopharmaceuticals (now Nitto Avecia) in Irvine, CA, and as a research associate for Hycor Biomedical in Garden Grove, CA.
Mr. Nario graduated from Bellflower High School, seventh in his class. Returning to Los Angeles County at age 15 after a decade in the Philippines, he grew conscious of the struggles of the working-class neighborhood around him. His personal experience of health inequities in both the Philippines and in LA County are what strongly drew him to medicine, and he hopes that his career as a physician can only serve to better the communities that have formed him.
Gerald Coronado, MS2, Grant Writing Committee Member
Mr. Coronado is a medical student at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and a scholar in the VCU Family Medicine Scholars Training and Admission Track, with an interest in pursuing Family Medicine residency. He is the co-president of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association at VCU and the president of the Medicine with Pride at VCU student organization. His clinical experiences include regularly volunteering with Pathways Service, Crossover Clinic, and the Medical Reserve Corps COVID programs. Additionally, he is research assistant for Dr. Youssef Roman with the Filipino Americans Community Genetic Project, currently focusing on the pharmacogenetics of gout in the Filipino American population. In his free time, he plays indoor and outdoor volleyball with Stonewall Sports League.
While pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Virginia (UVA), Mr. Coronado served as a Biology Lab peer teacher, volunteer in the surgical and operating room units at Martha Jefferson Hospital, Catechist of Religious Education (CORE) team leader with LifeTeen ministries at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, and health coach volunteer at the Angels of Mercy clinic. He played viola in the Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra, with the pit orchestra of UVA’s Opera Viva, and in university chamber groups.
Prior to matriculating at VCU School of Medicine, Mr. Coronado worked as the charge doctor’s assistant at the Advanced Wellness Centre, a holistic approach to healthcare with chiropractic, physical therapy, and acupuncture, among other specialties in Richmond VA. In 2015, he joined Dr. Dennis Holmes, MD., Inc. in Los Angeles as research coordinator and assistant, going on to publish articles and present posters on cryotherapy, intraoperative radiotherapy, and surgical devices for breast cancer. He maintained community engagement in Los Angeles by volunteering with Project Angel Food, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health tumor board. He also served as equipment manager for the Ginger Rogers Beach Volleyball club.
Lemuel Rivera, MS2, Grant Writing Committee Member
Mr. Rivera is currently attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and is a member of the San Joaquin Valley (SJV) PRIME program. He is currently interested in oncology/surgery/ortho surgery as specialties. He is one of the workshop coordinators for CYFAP (wohoo!). He is also the Class of 2023 student representative, medical student coordinator for the Mabuhay Health Clinic, social chair for the Latino Medical Student Association, and a member of HealthLink. He is involved in several research projects with topics relating to alcohol use disorder, physical therapy management and acute trauma. He loves to play basketball and eating Jollibee (spaghetti!!). He hopes to be a physician for California's Central Valley, specifically in Fresno, to address some of the health inequities plaguing this region.
Mr. Rivera graduated from the California State University, Fresno as a Summa Cum Laude with his B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Anthropology. He was involved in undergraduate research studying neurodegenerative diseases, worked as an ER scribe at a county hospital, served as the student body representative for his college for three years, and volunteered at a local free health clinic. He also served as a facilitator for two different high school summer programs for three years and interned for UCLA's Summer Medical and Dental Educational Program in 2016.
Mr. Rivera graduated as a Valedictorian at Clovis West High School taking 11 AP classes. He was a volunteer for the high school's Key Club and a participant for the Science Olympiad and Math team.
Gaby Obedoza, MS2, Grant Writing Committee Member
Gaby is a second-year medical student at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (VCUSOM) in Richmond, VA. She is part of her school’s Family Medicine Scholars Training and Admissions Track (fmSTAT), a dual admissions program designed to support and develop students committed to a career in family medicine. At VCUSOM, she is the secretary and sports medicine coordinator of the Student Family Medicine Association as well as the legislative representative of her school’s American Medical Student Association chapter. In these roles, she supports fellow students as they explore opportunities in primary care and patient advocacy. Gaby also supports a local free clinic, Health Brigade, by volunteering with their comprehensive harm reduction program.
During college at American University in Washington, DC, Gaby majored in biology and minored in psychology with a special interest in neuroscience. She conducted research in the field of neuroendocrinology, examining the effects of estrogens on zebra finch brains following traumatic brain injury. Gaby also interned with the American Association of University Women, working closely with their STEM education programs to increase representation of women in these fields.
After graduating cum laude, Gaby spent time working in multiple healthcare settings. She assisted patients in navigating clinical trials as a Protocol Care Specialist with the Sarcoma & Bone Oncology Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She also served as chief medical scribe at OrthoVirginia in Richmond, VA, which sparked her interest in primary care sports medicine. During this time, she also became involved with the National Patient Advocate Foundation and aided in the formation of a bill limiting step therapy practices that was passed by the Virginia General Assembly in 2019.
A native of Norfolk, VA, Gaby graduated from Norfolk Collegiate School with an Advanced Studies diploma. While in high school, she took 7 AP courses and was active in her school’s soccer and sailing teams.