Alumni Council

Members of the Alumni Senate

The Alumni Council is the governing body of the University of Chicago Medical & Biological Sciences Alumni Association (UChicago MBSAA). Members of the Alumni Council contribute their varied expertise to improve programs for students and alumni, engage the medical and biological sciences alumni community around the country, and serve as active philanthropic leaders for the Pritzker School of Medicine and the Division of the Biological Sciences.

Executive Committee

Karyl Kopaskie, AB’07, PhD’14

Immediate Past President
Doriane Miller, MD’83

Vice President & Chicago Partners Program Chair
Sapana Vora, PhD’14

Alumni Awards Committee Chair
Mark Aschliman, MD’80

Editorial Committee Chair
Jeanne Farnan, AB’98, MD’02, MHPE

Regional Programs Chair
Michael Prystowsky, MD’81, PhD

The Alumni Council

Lampis Anagnostopoulos, SB’57, MD’61*
Margaret “Peggy” Barron, MD’78
Jennifer “Piper” Below, PhD’11
Anita Blanchard, MD’90
Jillian Bowman, AB’20 +
Kenneth Bridbord, MD’69, MPH
Ava Ferguson Bryan, AM’10, MD’18 +
Courtney Burrows, PhD’15, MBA’17
Arnold Calica, SM’61, MD’75*
Ithaar Derweesh, MD’95
Gabrielle Edgerton, PhD’10
Arash Emami, MD’94
Gail Farfel, PhD’93
Jonathan Fox, AB’79, PhD’85, MD’87
Katherine Given, AB’08, PhD’13, MBA’16, MD’16
Jeffrey Goodenbour, PhD’09
Stanton Greenstone +
Andrew Hack, AB’95, PhD’00, MD’02
Rajiv Jauhar, MD’91
Clifford Ko, AB’87, SM’89, MD’91
Lucy Lester, MD’72
Peter McCauley, MD’86
Jennifer McPartland, PhD’08
Vincent Nelson, MD’98, MBA, MPH
Carol Olson, PhD’82, MD’86
Loren Schechter, MD’94
Coleman Seskind, AB’55, SB’56, MD’59, SM’59*
Adhir Shroff, MD’96
Puneet Singh, MD’11
Abby Stayart, AB’97, PHD’12
Margaret Steiner +
Anne Taylor, MD’76
Cynthia Thaik, MD’90
Vishruth “Vish” Venkataraman +
Sydney Yoon, MD’86
Russ Zajtchuk, SB’60, MD’63*

* Denotes a Life Member
+ Denotes a student or resident representative

All members of the UChicago MBSAA are eligible for service on the Alumni Council and its Committees. Alumni Council members participate by:

  • Making or maintaining their annual contribution of at least a leadership level gift ($1,000) * as determined by the Alumni Council;
  • Attending at least two of the three meetings of the Alumni Council per year; one of these meetings may include the annual Alumni Senate Meeting;
  • Volunteering for a Chicago Partners program such as Help Our Students Travel (HOST), Alumni Ambassador, or myCHOICE, that engages with or provides mentorship to Pritzker and BSD students;
  • Attending events hosted by the UChicago MBSAA and UChicago Alumni Association, such as UChicago MBSAA regional events and Harper Lectures;
  • Attending Alumni Weekend; and
  • Serving on a Committee commensurate with her/his skills, experience, and interests.

* This amount may be adjusted for alumni who have graduated within the past 15 years.

Alumni Council nominations must be received by the annual deadline of March 1, but nominations are accepted throughout the year. Members of the Alumni Council’s Nominating Committee review the nominations at their spring meeting, and nominees are informed of the committee’s decision immediately following. The slate of nominees is elected by the Alumni Senate at their annual meeting in May. New members begin their three-year term on July 1.

The Nominating Committee seeks a robust and diverse pool of candidates for consideration. Self-nominations are accepted. Submit your nomination

The Alumni Senate is the ratifying body of the UChicago MBSAA and meets annually during Alumni weekend. Important responsibilities of the Senate include the election of Alumni Council officers, ratification of Alumni members, and approval of UChicago MBSAA by-law amendments. The Senate is comprised of the members of the Alumni Council, Reunion Class Chairs, and past presidents of the UChicago MBSAA.

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