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The Brown Medical Alumni Association (BMAA) connects medical alumni to Brown’s medical school, the University, and the extended medical community. We urge you to become engaged and vocal members of the BMAA, to express your questions and concerns, and to help to shape the future of your medical alma mater.

Mission and Purpose

The Brown Medical Alumni Association (BMAA) serves as the central organization and primary resource for connecting medical alumni to Brown’s medical school, the University, and the extended medical community. Membership is extended to graduates of Brown’s medical school, graduates of Brown University who hold degrees from other medical schools, faculty members and house staff officers of the medical school. It promotes awareness of the Medical School and the accomplishments of its alumni, connects directly with medical students in an effort to serve, represents alumni interests to the administration of the School and of Brown University, and participates in fundraising initiatives that further the Warren Alpert Medical School’s mission.

The BMAA promotes loyalty and pride in the strength and vitality of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and its mission. Specifically, the BMAA:

  • Develops communications, programs and community outreach to strengthen the relationship between alumni and Brown.
  • Represents the formal voice of medical alumni as advisers to the University and the Dean of Medicine and Biological Science.
  • Serves as a forum for the exchange of alumni ideas and views.
  • Enhances medical education through the promotion of enduring relationships between alumni, students, residents, parents, and the medical community.
  • Increases the impact of alumni on the Medical School’s future through alumni involvement, volunteerism, and participation in fundraising initiatives, including the Brown Medical Annual Fund.
  • Strengthens the reputation of Brown’s Medical School by promoting the accomplishments and achievements of its graduates to applicants, medical organizations and the general public, and recognizing outstanding contributions to the advancement of medicine.

We urge you to become engaged and vocal members of the BMAA, to express your questions and concerns, and to help to shape the future of your medical alma mater. The Office of Alumni Relations is here to help plan alumni events, act as a liaison between medical alumni and Brown, and to support the BMAA's Board of Directors.

For more information, please contact Cailie Burns, assistant dean for biomedical advancement, at +1 (401) 368-8155. 

Awards and Honors

The BMAA sponsors a number of awards and honors to recognize distinguished alumni, faculty, and members of the community who support Alpert Medical School's mission and purpose.  These awards are typically presented over Commencement-Reunion Weekend in May. If you would like to self-nominate or nominate someone for any of these awards, please complete the nomination form.

Early Achievement Award

This award is presented to an alumnus who has graduated within the past 15 years in recognition of his/her outstanding service to the Medical School, their local community, or a scientific or academic achievement. Nominations for all years are welcome with milestone reunion classes highly encouraged to participate.

The Artemis Joukowsky Award

This award recognizes a non-physician for long-term, dedicated and meritorious service to the Medical School. It honors those whose devotion to the mission, beliefs, and aspirations of the Medical School have improved the lives of its students, faculty, alumni, and patients. It is named for Chancellor Emeritus Artemis Joukowsky ’55, the leading non-physician supporter of the Medical School during its first quarter century.

The W. W. Keen Award

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to medicine, encompassing research, education, leadership or extraordinary contributions to patient care or public health. Its scope may include the contributions of a lifetime or a single achievement. This award is the most coveted honor bestowed by Brown medicine to one of its own. The award is named for William Williams Keen, class of 1859, one of Brown’s most distinguished and well-known alumni in the medical profession.

The Ruth B. Sauber Distinguished Alumni Lectureship 

This lectureship was established as an endowment in tribute to Mrs. Sauber’s uninterrupted 23 years as Medical Student Affairs Officer. The individual selected should embody the philosophy of Brown’s medical education program—medicine as a socially responsible human service profession. They also will have contributed significantly to further the personal and professional development of medical students as well as the community-at-large. Candidates are limited to Brown medical alumni, but can include Alpert Medical School faculty under extraordinary circumstances if their contribution to medical education was made, at least in part, while serving the University.

Complete Award Nomination Form 

BMAA Board Nominations

Brown Medical Alumni Association Nomination Process

The BMAA Board works to bridge the gap between the School, University, and alumni. They sponsor outreach to medical students and serve as Medical School representatives on various committees throughout campus. 

To be officially considered for a position on the BMAA Board, nominees must submit a short bio with a few sentences about why you would like to serve. The nominating committee deliberates in August, with final decisions to be made before September 1. 

Complete BMAA Nomination Form

For more information, please contact Cailie Burns, assistant dean for biomedical advancement, at [email protected] or +1 (401) 368-8155.

BMAA Student Grants

BMAA Grants is available to medical student groups that are officially recognized by the Medical Student Senate. These funds will be distributed through the Medical Student Senate. Groups must apply, stating their intentions for the funds, amount requested, history of funding or previous activities, student group leaders, and a brief description of the group.

Applications for funding must be received by February 15 and should be submitted using this form. All applications will be reviewed by a committee of BMAA Board members. Groups will be made aware of the decision by March 1.

BMAA Grant funding can be distributed to more than one student group. Student groups who receive funding should acknowledge the receipt of a BMAA Grant. A sign posted at an event or notice to participants will suffice. In addition, the BMAA Board requests that photos demonstrating the use of the funds be submitted following the completion of the intended purpose.

If you have any questions please contact Cailie Burns, assistant dean for biomedical advancement, at [email protected].

2020 BMAA Grant Recipients

  • Student National Medical Association
  • HealthCORE
  • AMS Medical Student Senate
  • AMS Arts Council
  • Providence Medical Orchestra
  • Wilderness Medicine Biology (Biology 6652)
  • Brown Opioid Activists Interest Group
  • Women's Clinic at Clínica Esperanza
  • Rhode Island Medical Navigator Partnership (RIMNP)
  • Clínica Esperanza Student Clinic
  • Pathways to Medicine Mentorship Program 
  • Women in Orthopedic Leadership Forum
  • Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group
  • First-Year Orientation to Alpert Med (FOAM)
Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Brown Medical Alumni Association. They work to bridge the gap between the School, University, and alumni. They also sponsor outreach to medical students and serve as Medical School representatives on various committees throughout campus. The Board’s Executive Committee consists of a President, President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Immediate Past President. All officers serve for a two-year term elected by the Board of Directors. Members-at-large serve three-year terms with the possibility of one additional term.

The Board of Directors meets twice per year, once during Family Weekend (usually mid- October) and again during Reunion Weekend (Memorial Day Weekend in May). Board members are encouraged to attend both meetings. The majority of the work is done on smaller committees via email and conference calls. The Board is proud to tote a 100% participation rate in support of the Brown Medical Annual Fund for nearly a decade. There is an expectation of participation in the Brown Medical Annual Fund at a level that is comfortable for each member.

Executive Committee

wey_0.jpgPreetha Basaviah ’91 MD’95 
Menlo Park, CA

Dr. Basaviah remains active with Brown by interviewing, coaching local students, hosting local Brown events, and serving on the BMAA since 2010-11. View professional bio.

calvert_0.jpgPhilip D. Wey '82 MD'86, P'19, P'22
Immediate Past President
Princeton, NJ

Dr. Wey has been involved with Brown for over 20 years as an Area Chair of the Brown Alumni Interviewing Program, Board of Directors of the Brown Club of Central New Jersey, and Board of the Brown Medical Alumni Association (BMAA) which he served as President until 2018. He is married to Elizabeth Lies Wey '87, and has two sons, Nicholas '19 and Alexander. View professional bio.

basaviah.jpgPatricia A. Buss '78 MD'81 RES'87
President Elect
McLean, VA

Dr. Buss earned both undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown. After general surgery residency training at the University of Rochester, she completed specialty training in plastic surgery at Brown University. She has a Master of Business Administration degree from George Mason University. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Certified Physician Executive.

goldstein.jpgDeborah Archer ’95 MD’02
Fort Collins, CO

Dr. Archer, a BMAA member since 2016, is a NHSC scholar and Community Pediatrician who has dedicated her career to working with minority and under-served populations. A recipient of an Echoing Green Fellowship, Dr. Archer founded the Community Health Advocacy Program, which continues to play a role in medical education at Brown. She lives in Colorado with her three children, Imani '22 MD’26, Nia '24, and Darius. View professional bio.

shin.jpgSteven Shin ’95 MMS’97 MD’99
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Shin is executive vice chairman and associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles. He is also director of the Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center and on the faculty of the Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg Fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery. Prior to joining the Cedars-Sinai faculty in 2019, Dr. Shin was a partner and the director of hand surgery at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic for over a decade. He is the hand consultant to most of the professional teams in Los Angeles. Dr. Shin has been a member of the BMAA board since 2011, having served as treasurer since 2016 and as annual fund chair for over five years. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.  View professional bio.

Board Members

baird.pngTodd B. Baird, MD RES'04
Richmond, VA

Dr. Baird has been an active member of the BMAA board since 2015, as well as the Medical Alum Area Match Committee and a Medical Host. View professional bio.


Sarah W. Bechta '88 MD'92
Northboro, MA 

Dr. Bechta is a pediatrician with Southboro Medical Group. She joined the BMAA Board of Directors in 2018. She is an active interviewer with the Brown Alumni Interviewing Program and participates as a Medical Alum match mentor.  She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Paul M. Bechta '87 ScM'88. View professional bio.

chai.jpgPeter Chai ’06 MMS'07 MD’10 RES'14 
Newton, MA

Dr. Chai has been involved with Brown for the past 7 years. First as a member of the admissions committee for the Program in Liberal Medical Education, and now as part of the Board of the Brown Medical School Alumni Association (BMAA). He is married to Zoe Tseng ’06. View professional bio.

Amar Desai '97 MD'02
Manhattan Beach, CA 

Dr. Desai serves as President and CEO of Optum California, one of the largest integrated care delivery networks dedicated to providing high-quality care, outstanding patient and clinician experience, and a lower total cost of care in the diverse communities in Southern California. Dr. Desai received his Bachelor's and Medical Degree from Brown University. He received his Masters in Public Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Desai joined the Brown Medical Alumni Association Board of Directors in the fall of 2019. View professional bio

diprete.jpgDaniel DiPrete ’85 MD’89
Narragansett, RI

Dr. DiPrete completed his residency in diagnostic imaging and his fellowship in cross sectional imaging at Brown University-Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. DiPrete is a past President of the Rhode Island Radiology Society, a Fellow of the American College of Radiology, a member of the Rhode Island Radiology PAC Executive Committee, a member of the RADPAC Advisory Council (which is the American College of Radiology's political action committee in Washington, DC), and he is a BASC volunteer for Brown. 

driesman.pngMitchell H. Driesman '74 MD'77, P'07, P'12 MD'16
Fairfield, CT

Dr. Driesman was part of the third class of Brown’s six-year program, and was president of the student council and a more-than interested observer as it evolved into a full medical school. His years at Brown, he says, were “my most formative and important years, and I am extremely grateful.” He and his wife, Shelley Kaplan Driesman MD’80, a practicing ophthalmologist, have three children, Emily, Ali ’07, and Adam ’12 MD’16. 

effron.jpgCharles R. Effron ’80 MD’83, P'16
New York, NY

Charles R. Effron, MD, is a neurologist in private practice, specializing in spine and peripheral nerve disorders. Dr. Effron is also a clinical instructor of neurology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has been with Mount Sinai since completing his residency in neurology in 1987. Dr. Effron completed his internship at Beth Israel in 1984. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Kavita V. Ernst '96 MD'00
Berkeley, CA

Dr. Ernst is a cardiologist in practice with The Permanente Medical Group. She served as Chief of Cardiology for Kaiser Permanente's Oakland and Richmond Medical Centers for 7 years through January 2017. She has been an interviewer with the Brown Alumni Interviewing Program since 2005. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF on the volunteer clinical faculty. She lives with her husband Sam and their two sons in Berkeley. View professional bio

gillon.jpgJean W. Gillon MD'84 RES'91
Los Altos Hills, CA

Dr. Gillon was a faculty member at UCSF and worked as a trauma surgeon at San Francisco General Hospital for 8 years. Dr. Gillon completed her fellowship in Vascular Surgery at UCSF and eventually went into private practice. Dr. Gillon has two sons; one in his third start-up in Palo Alto and the other is a medical student in Dublin, Ireland. 

Lisa J. Goldstein ’78 MD’82
Rumford, RI

Dr. Goldstein completed her residency in pathology at Rhode Island Hospital in 1986, serving as the chief resident during her final year. In June 2013, she was awarded the Dr. Charles Carpenter Outstanding Physician of the Year Award at The Miriam Hospital. View professional bio.

Agueda Hernandez '92 MD'96
Miami, FL

Dr. Agueda Hernández is a family physician with Baptist Health South Florida. She directs the West Kendall Baptist Hospital/Florida International University Family Medicine Residency in Miami. Dr. Hernández joined the BMAA Board of Directors in 2018. She previously served on the Board of Governors of the BAA and has been an active interviewer through the Alumni Interviewing Program since 2002. View professional bio.

hines.jpgSivan Hines '84 MD'87
Mableton, GA

Sivan Hines is a community pediatrician who has spent her career focused on children, both through her medical practice and through non-profit work Atlanta.  Dr. Hines stays active at Brown by conducting interviews for the BASC program and has been area chair for San Antonio and Atlanta, as well as the Southeast Regional Chair. She was appointed to Brown’s Women’s Leadership Council in 2014 and is currently a mentor in the Women’s Launchpad Program. She is married to Jeffrey Hines ’83, MD’86.

William A. Kaye '73 MD'76, P'17
Palm Beach, FL

Dr. William A. Kaye is a diabetes and endocrine specialist in Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Kaye has conducted extensive research on diabetes throughout his career. Following his internal medicine training at Brown and its affiliated hospitals, Dr. Kaye completed a fellowship at Cornell University Medical Center at New York Hospital and the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. View professional bio.

kim.jpgKaren Kim '95 MD’99 MMS'99
Wellesley, MA

Upon graduating from Brown Medical School, Dr. Kim completed her internship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and then her dermatology residency at SUNY Downstate in NY. Dr. Kim is currently a partner at SkinCare Physicians, a multi-physician dermatology group, in Chestnut Hill, MA. She specializes in skin cancer and laser surgery. She lives with her husband, Phillip (Brown '95), and three children in Wellesley MA. She is currently an area co-chair for the Brown Alumni Interviewing Program.  

lewiss.jpgResa E. Lewiss, MD '92
Denver, CO

Dr. Resa Lewiss is chief of Point-of-Care Ultrasound and associate professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Radiology at University of Colorado. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University, Dr. Lewiss attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is a medical educator and leader who has mentored trainees at all levels, including at Columbia University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She has also led point-of-care ultrasound education courses regionally, nationally, and internationally, and has numerous publications and chapters related to point-of-ultrasound education, global health, simulation, pediatrics and national policy. 
View professional bio.

migliori.jpgMichael E. Migliori ’79 MD’82, P’11, P’12, P’14
Providence, RI

Dr. Migliori Has been a member of the Board of the Brown Medical Alumni Association since 2014. He is a member of the Alpert Medical School Admissions Committee and is the Course leader for the AMS clinical elective in ophthalmology. View professional bio.

mitchell.jpgGlenn Mitchell '67 ScM'69 MD'75 RES'77
Carlisle, PA

Dr. Mitchell is Professor of Healthcare Informatics at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Pennsylvania. A retired US Army colonel, Dr. Mitchell commanded a medical teaching center, oversaw multiple overseas humanitarian missions. Dr. Mitchell serves on the board of the Brown Association of Class Leaders, as co-VP of the Class of 1967. He has been a class agent for both the undergraduate and medical schools for many years and is a member of the Carrie Tower Society and the Dean’s Circle.  

patel.jpgSutchin R. Patel ’00, MD’04, RES’09
Lake Forest, IL

Dr Patel is a urologist practicing in the suburbs of Chicago and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health where he completed his fellowship in Endourology, Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery.  He enjoys presenting, publishing and teaching the history of medicine and urology and still collaborates with attendings at Brown in regards to these endeavors.  He serves as a consultant to the William P. Didusch Center for Urologic History and has been elected to the American Osler Society for his contributions to the history of medicine. View professional bio.

pavlakis.jpgSteven Pavlakis ’76 MD’79, P'05
Port Washington, NY

Dr. Pavlakis is the director of pediatric neurology at the Brooklyn Hospital Center and professor of neurology and pediatrics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. His research interests include genetic and mitochondrial diseases as well as cerebral vascular disease. Dr. Pavlakis was a founding member of the International Pediatric Stroke Study, a dataset that has been important in spearheading research and fellowship programs. He also studies pediatric hypertension and effects on the vasculature.

Glenn Prescod '83 MD'89
Pawtucket, RI

Dr. Prescod has been chief of the Department of Ophthalmology at Kent Hospital for more than 10 years. He completed a fellowship in Surgery and Diseases of the Retina and Vitreous in 1994 and practices this full time. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Prescod received his MPH from Harvard. He has been an active interviewer for Brown and joined the joined the BMAA Board of Directors in 2018. View professional bio

waltzman.jpgRoger J. Waltzman, MBA '88 MD'92
New York, NY

Dr. Waltzman regularly interviews applicants for Brown in the New York area and also serves on the Board of GoDocGo, a non-governmental, international medical organization that sends volunteer providers around the world to establish sustainable Women’s health programs.  He lives in New York with his husband, Michael Mayer. View professional bio.

young.jpgAndrew Young  '95 MD'01 MPH
Long Beach, CA

Dr. Young is an ophthalmologist with the UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic, as well as a clinical instructor in ophthalmology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Besides serving on the Board of the Brown Medical Alumni Association (BMAA) since 2016, he also serves the Brown Alumni Interviewing Program as area chair for Orange County, California.