Malcolm Pyles is a Stanford medical student, researcher and president of the Student National Medical Association. Originally from Cleveland, OH, Malcolm received his degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Rice University in Houston, TX. There he focused on community engagement and activism both at Rice and abroad. Since coming to Stanford as a leadership in health disparities program participant, Malcolm has been involved in recruitment and leadership with admissions, serving on the Diversity Advisory Panel and as an assistant director to the Leland Scholars Program aimed at facilitating the transition to Stanford for freshmen intending to study STEM fields and who are from diverse backgrounds. In his spare time, Malcolm enjoys managing a free dermatology clinic serving the San Jose area and spending time with his partner, Jerome.
Jerome Chelliah is a 4th year UCSF medical student. He was born in Sri Lanka and immigrated to California at the age of 11. He received his degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California, Davis. During his college years, he worked on LGBT student rights and successfully advocated for the first ever inclusion of transgender health benefits into the UC Davis Student Health Insurance Plan. At UCSF, he served as the vice president of Student National Medical Association, organized the annual LGBT Health Forums and UCSF Domestic Violence Conferences, and served on the UCSF Medical School Admissions Committee. After his third year of medical school, he went to Johns Hopkins School of Public Health as a Sommer Scholar to obtain his Masters in Public Health in Health Finance and Management. During his free time, Jerome enjoys trying out new bakeries and relaxing with his partner, Malcolm.
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