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Speakers

 
 

Helen Chu, MD MPH

Dr. Helen Chu is an Associate Professor and Infectious Disease Physician-Scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Chu’s research is focused on preventive interventions against influenza, RSV and emerging respiratory viruses, including SARS-CoV-2. Dr. Chu conducts clinical-translational research on large-scale community-based studies of respiratory viruses, with a focus on vaccines, antivirals, and diagnostics. She is also interested in defining clinical and immune correlates of protection against respiratory viruses and describing mechanisms of maternal-fetal immunity against respiratory viruses.  

 

Dr. Chu is a Multiple Principal Investigator of the Seattle Flu Study, which first identified COVID-19 community transmission in the United States, Co-Investigator on the University of Washington Vaccine Trials and Evaluation Unit (VTEU), and Site Principal Investigator for the ACTT-1 trial, which evaluated Remdesivir for the treatment of COVID-19.  During the spring of 2020, Dr. Chu’s lab enrolled a prospective observational cohort of 350 COVID-19 inpatients and outpatients to study immune responses over time.  

 

Her previous work includes describing transmission patterns of RSV, rhinovirus, and human metapneumovirus, the epidemiology and adverse birth outcomes associated with respiratory viral pneumonia in pregnant women, and the kinetics of transplacental RSV antibody transfer and decay in infants. Dr. Chu has also performed clinical trials of vaccine candidates in both domestic and international sites, including Nepal and Bangladesh. 

 

She received her M.P.H. in Epidemiology in 2012 from the University of Washington, where she also completed a fellowship in Infectious Disease. Dr. Chu completed her residency at Harvard Medical School after receiving her medical degree from Duke University and is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease.  

 

Leana Wen, MD

Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician and visiting professor of health policy and management at George Washington University’s School of Public Health. She is an expert in public health preparedness and previously served as Baltimore's Health Commissioner. She is a contributing columnist for The Washington Post and an on-air commentator for CNN as a medical analyst.

Dr. Wen obtained her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and studied health policy at the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She completed her residency training at Brigham & Women's Hospital & Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School.

The author of dozens of scientific articles on emergency systems and patient-centered health reform, Dr. Wen is also the author of the book When Doctors Don't Listen. She has received recognition as one of Governing's Public Officials of the Year and the American Public Health Association's top award for local public health. In 2019, she was named one of Modern Healthcare's Top 50 Physician-Executives and TIMEmagazine's 100 Most Influential People.

Tung Nguyen, MD

Tung Nguyen, MD is the Stephen J. McPhee, MD Endowed Chair in General Internal Medicine and Professor of Medicine at UCSF, where he provides primary care to a diverse patient population and teaches students, clinicians, and researchers.  He is Director of the Asian American Research Center on Health (ARCH) and UCSF School of Medicine Dean’s Faculty Leader for Research Diversity. Dr. Nguyen’s research focuses on achieving health equity using community-based participatory research (CBPR), patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), and other stakeholder-engaged methods. He has conducted intervention research with Asian American populations on breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening as well as tobacco control, hepatitis B and C screening, nutrition and physical activity, and end-of-life care. Dr. Nguyen was Commissioner on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from 2011 to 2014 and Chair of the Commission from 2014 to 2017. He is a founder of AAPI Progressive Action and PIVOT-The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization, two non-profit organizations whose goal is to empowered Asian Americans for a strong and diverse America.

Francis Lu, MD

Francis G. Lu, MD, is the Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Emeritus, at the University of California, Davis. As a Distinguished Life Fellow of the
American Psychiatric Association (APA), Dr. Lu has contributed to the areas of cultural psychiatry including the interface with religion/spirituality, psychiatric education, diversity/inclusion, mental health equity, and psychiatry/film. He has presented at every APA Annual Meeting since 1984. From 2002 to 2019, he served on the APA Council on Minority Mental Health and Health Disparities. He was awarded APA Special Presidential Commendations in both 2002 and 2016 for his contributions to cultural psychiatry and in 2020, he received the APA Distinguished Service Award. In 2008, the
American Psychiatric Foundation awarded him an Advancing Minority Mental Health Award, and the Association for Academic Psychiatry awarded him its Lifetime Achievement in Education Award. In 2020, the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Emily Guh, MD

Dr. Emily Guh is a family physician practicing in the Bay Area of California. She is the Family Practice Department Head at Asian Health Services, an FQHC in Oakland, and provides full spectrum primary care to the Asian immigrant and refugee community. She is also a member of the TEACH (Training in Early Abortion for Comprehensive Healthcare) faculty and board, where she trains Bay Area family medicine residents at Planned Parenthood to perform abortions and advocates for policies supporting reproductive justice. Dr. Guh did her undergraduate studies at Yale University, attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed her family medicine residency at UCSF.

 

Hanako Wakatsuki

Hanako Wakatsuki is the Chief of Interpretation and Education at the Minidoka National Historic Site and the Liaison for Honouliuli National Historic Site. She has approximately 12 years of experience in the museum and public history field.

In the past she has worked for the Idaho State Historical Society, Tule Lake National Monument, and the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum. She served a one-year detail with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) as the Region 9 Advisor, leading collaborative outreach programs in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawai`i. She is currently serving as WHIAAPI’s Region 10 Lead, overseeing Idaho, Washington, and Oregon and is the Acting Chief of Interpretation at Pearl Harbor National Memorial.

Peter Chin-Hong, MD

Peter Chin-Hong, MD is Associate Dean for Regional Campuses and Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of California San Francisco. He is currently involved in the clinical care of COVID19 patients. He was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago from Chinese immigrant parents, before moving to the US for undergraduate and medical school at Brown University. He completed residency in Internal medicine and infectious disease fellowship at UCSF.

During COVID-19, he has been one of the leaders of institutional and community education around the disease. He has been part of numerous University initiatives including outreach to the Asian American community (via bilingual webinars, frequent KTSF Channel 26 appearances), and the Association of Black Cardiologists national webinars on the impact of COVID-19 on minority populations. He helped create and disseminate a petition validating protest as a response to structural racism in COVID times. For the impact of tear gas, he has worked on a declaration with the public defenders in the city of Portland advocating for limiting its use on the public. This was reviewed by one of the federal judges there and enacted.

Descartes Li, MD

Descartes Li has had a long-standing interest in cultural psychiatry since medical school. From 2000-2005, he ran the Asia America Clinic in the Adult Psychiatry Clinic at UCSF.  He is currently Professor and Vice Chair for Education for the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He gives numerous talks and presentations in both academic and community settings and has a wide range of interests that include medical education, bipolar disorder, electroconvulsive therapy, and suicide prevention.

Chwen- Yuen Angie Chen, MD

Dr. Chen graduated from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine and went on to complete a year of Psychiatry Internship at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco before finishing her Internal Medicine training at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA in 2008.  Afterwards, she went on to pursue a clinical fellowship in Neurological Surgery at UC Davis.  She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

Since 2015, she has been clinical faculty a the Stanford University School of Medicine in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health, currently appointed as a Clinical Associate Professor. Her practice in the academic setting integrates chemical dependency services within Primary Care, supervising Fellows, Residents and Medical Students.

 

She is involved in healthcare advocacy and physician well being within the American College of Physicians-California C6 Chapter as their Past-President (2016-2018) and is their Northern CA Chapter Governor-Elect.  She is the Editor of the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) Newsletter (since 2012) and has also been on the planning committees of CSAM State of the Art and Board Review Conferences since 2012 as well as being Chair of CSAM's Communications Committee serving on the CSAM Board in that capacity. She has also served as a CMA Specialty Delegate advocating for improving addiction treatment.

Antonio Moya, MD MPH

Antonio Moya, MD MPH is a Board Certified Neurologist, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and LA County Department of Health Services Scholar working at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.  Antonio co-founded the Council of Young Filipino Americans in Medicine (CYFAM) in 2019.

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 past 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 under-resourced communities, telemedicine to facilitate neurology care and referrals, and Asian Pacific Islander immigrant health disparities.

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 also focuses on telemedicine as a platform to increase neurology care for immigrant, non-English speaking patients.   

Hendry Ton, MD

Hendry Ton is the founding medical director of the Transcultural Wellness Center, a community mental health clinic serving underserved families from AAPI communities.  Currently, he is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UC Davis.  His interests include refugee mental health, health equity, and health professions education.

Ronald Labuguen, MD

Sean Wu, MD PhD

Dr. Sean Wu is currently the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Scholar and the Associate Director at the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute and an Associate Professor of Medicine and, by courtesy, Pediatrics, at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and biological
sciences at Stanford University and his MD and PhD degrees in the MSTP program at Duke University School of Medicine. During this time he became a founding member of national APAMSA and was its 2nd National President. After internal medicine residency at the Duke Hospital, he completed his training in general cardiology and
echocardiography at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Prior to becoming an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, he also completed a research fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital where he identified a population of Nkx2.5 expressing cardiac progenitor cells that gave rise to the developing mouse heart. Currently, his research is dedicated to the identification of molecular mechanisms regulating cardiac lineage commitment during embryonic development and the biology of cardiac progenitor cells. Over the past decade, his research has been funded by awards from the NIH/NHLBI, NIH/NIGMS, NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards, California Institutes for Regenerative Medicine, GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, the NIH Director Pioneer Award, the American Heart Association, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children, and the Hoffmann Foundation among others. He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association, and is on the editorial board of various journals in cardiovascular medicine and biology.

Monica Hahn, MD MPH MS AAHIVS

Dr. Monica Ulhee Hahn is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF in the Department of Family & Community Medicine. As a family physician, HIV specialist, and Clinical Director/Co-Principal Investigator of the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (PAETC), Monica’s work centers around promoting health and wellness for HIV-affected families with an emphasis on integrating HIV prevention and treatment, as well as sexual and reproductive wellness, into primary care. Her clinical experience includes co-directing the Family HIV Clinic, a family-oriented HIV primary care clinic at San Francisco General Hospital’s Family Health Center, and providing perinatal HIV care to people living with or affected by HIV as the Associate Medical Director at HIVE Clinic, also based at San Francisco General Hospital. Monica co-directs the PAETC-supported HIV specialty concentration training program for the UCSF Family & Community Medicine Residency Program. Her interests include integrating anti-oppression and Critical Race Theory frameworks into medical education and training for students, residents, and interdisciplinary care teams. She serves as a research and career mentor to UCSF medical students as the Director of Inquiry and Evaluation for the PRIME Urban-Underserved program. Monica’s inspiration for becoming a physician-advocate is rooted in her personal experiences and work experiences in public health and social justice activism. Her work has focused on addressing health inequities in sexual and reproductive health for communities of color and developing strategies for dismantling systemic oppression and structural violence in healthcare systems to advance health equity for all. She completed her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley with a major in Molecular & Cell Biology and a minor in Ethnic Studies. She earned her MPH at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, and earned her MD/MS at UCSF School of Medicine, where she was a participant in the UCSF PRIME Urban-Underserved program. She completed residency training in Family & Community Medicine at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital. Her interests include STI/HIV prevention and treatment, reproductive justice, community-based participatory research, health and social justice policy/advocacy, and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in medical education.

Monica Gandhi, MD MPH

Monica Gandhi MD, MPH is an Infectious Diseases doctor, Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief in the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is also the Director of the UCSF Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and the Medical Director of the HIV Clinic ("Ward 86") at San Francisco General Hospital. Her research focuses on HIV and women and adherence measurement in HIV treatment and prevention and most recently, on how to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michelle Lough, MD MPH

Dr. Michelle Lough (she/her) was born and raised in the Bay Area and completed her undergraduate education at UC Berkeley, where she developed her passion for social justice and community organizing with Asian-American and Pacific Islander community organizations. After graduating, she continued her service work with AmeriCorps as health educator at a federally qualified health center. Dr. Lough earned her medical degree at UCLA, where she was part of the PRIME-dual-degree program. She completed her Masters in Public Health in Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. During this time she led several national grassroots movements advocating for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and defending the Affordable Care Act. After graduating, she returned to the Bay Area to complete her residency training in Family and Community Medicine at UCSF-San Francisco General Hospital. Next year, she plans to continue her education as a Primary Care Addiction Medicine Fellow at UCSF.
Her career focus includes integrating substance use treatment and primary care, immigrant and refugee health, criminal justice and social justice work in medicine, and public policy.

Joo Han (On behalf of Pfizer RxPathways)

Joo Han is the deputy director at the Asian American Federation (AAF), an umbrella leadership organization that represents the collective voice of 70 community-based organizations serving 1.3 million Asian Americans, the fastest-growing population in New York City. Founded in 1989, AAF is one of the strongest leadership voices advocating for better policies, services, and funding that lead to more justice and opportunity for Asian immigrants, one of New York City’s poorest and most underserved communities.

 

For the past six years, Joo has managed a number of mental health, education, and capacity-building programs to support AAF’s 70 member agencies and to advocate for the most pressing needs of New York City’s Asian communities. Since COVID-19-related xenophobia began to impact Asian New Yorkers in January, she has been working to address the rise in racism, bias incidents, and hate crimes targeting the Asian community through advocacy, education, and community response.

 

In 2015, she launched a two-year, citywide community education program to address the rise in bullying of Asian American youth and the impact on their mental health. Based on that program, she shepherded a research project on the mental health needs of Asian New Yorkers, which led to the first-ever mental health report focusing on New York City’s pan-Asian community. She is currently leading the Asian American Mental Health Project at AAF, which aims to increase access to culturally competent mental health services for Asian New Yorkers.

 

Joo received a B.A. in English from Williams College and a M.A. in English Education from Teachers College of Columbia University.

Alok Patel, MD

Alok Patel is a pediatric hospitalist, medical journalist, on-camera expert, producer, and devotee of creative, engaging science communication tactics. He is currently working as a special correspondent for ABC7 News Bay Area, medical analyst for WGN-Chicago, and is a regular contributor to other digital and television news outlets. Additionally, he is the co-host of PBS/Nova's "Parentalogic", a parenting-meets-pediatrics, digital, comedy education program, and the host of Nova's science podcast, Nova Now.

Patel worked as a medical producer for CNN, producing two seasons of the medical mystery show, "Something's Killing Me." He also worked on digital health shows for ABC News, New York, and NBC News. He also hosts a popular web series for Medscape, the "Hospitalist Retort", which is a critical review of topics directly affecting hospitalist medicine.

Alongside several other physicians, Patel helped create and now sits on the board of directors for the Association for Healthcare in Social Media, the first 501c-3 dedicated to medical communication on social media platforms. He was also on the founding team of Medumo, a healthcare start-up which automated patient education for treatments and procedures. Medumo was acquired by Philips USA in 2019.

Patel is involved in several advocacy efforts, most notably related to sex-trafficking intervention, mental health education, and addressing science misinformation.

B U.K. Li, MD

Dr. Li is a retired Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). He received his A.B. degree in religion (Taoism) at Princeton University and M.D. degree (3-year curriculum) from Kansas University, and completed his residency, chief residency, and fellowship in gastroenterology and nutrition at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. He taught at the University of Wisconsin, The Ohio State University, Northwestern University and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Over his 33-year academic career he investigated the intestinal transport of carnitine, developed a 27-hour diversity curriculum for medical students, studied the mechanisms that mediate cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVSAonline.org), established a unique interdisciplinary Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) Program (treated 1288 patients from
45 states/5 continents), and developed a common fellows  curriculum for 78 pediatric subspecialty fellows. He was elected (first minority) President (2008-2010) of the North
American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (NASPGHAN.org). He published over 150 articles and chapters, and given 30 national talks, 30 Grand Rounds presentations and 46 international lectures. He chaired the task
force that wrote the Consensus Statement on Diagnosis and Treatment of CVS in Children (2008), co-edited the Fellows’ Concise Review of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (2 nd Edition – 2016), and co-wrote the Clinical Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome in Adults (2019). Dr. Li received the Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award at the University of Wisconsin, three Diversity Awards from The Ohio State University, and most recently MCW President’s Diversity and Inclusion Award (2018). He received two career achievement awards in pediatric gastroenterology one from American Academy of Pediatrics – the Murray Davidson Award (2012) and one from NASPGHAN – the inaugural Master Educator
Award (2018). He currently serves as a Section Editor of Pediatric Gastroenterology for the online textbook UpToDate. Dr. Li co-founded the Asian American Student Association at Princeton (1971) and the national Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA.org) in 1995 and continues to serve as the  faculty advisor to the MCW and University of Wisconsin APAMSA Chapters, and the national organization. He has spoken to APAMSA Chapters and at Conferences at 32 medical schools. He received APAMSA’s 10 th Anniversary Service and 25 th Anniversary Mentor Awards.

Jhemon Lee, MD

Dr. Lee is a private practice radiologist in Los Alamitos, CA. He has been Chair of the Advisory Board for APAMSA for years, and was one of the original student organizers that helped lead to the formation of APAMSA in 1995. He is a board member of the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP). He has been involved with the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) since 1994, serving in many roles including National President, President of its Chicago chapter, and co-chair of the 2008 National Convention. He is also interim president of the Orange County chapter of OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates, and is the Medical Advisor for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs at Platt College. Dr. Lee received his bachelor’s degree in Engineering Sciences at Harvard University and obtained his medical degree from the University of Maryland. He completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Chicago, where he was chief resident, and a fellowship in abdominal imaging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston. On the side, he and his wife Misa performed improv comedy for years with groups such as Cold Tofu, Los Angeles' longest running APA improv troupe. Jhemon is currently writing and performing sketch comedy with an APA comedy group, "No MSG Added."

 
 
 
 
 
 

Ronald H. Labuguen, M.D., is a Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the Medical Director of the Adult Urgent Care Center at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG), and a volunteer faculty preceptor with Mabuhay Health Center, a UCSF student-run free clinic serving mostly Filipino patients living in the South of Market area of San Francisco. He also sees primary care patients at the Family Health Center at ZSFG, the largest primary care clinic in San Francisco. Prior to joining the UCSF faculty in October 2006, he was an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Southern California, Associate Director of the USC/California Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, and Medical Director of the USC Family Practice Center at California Hospital in Los Angeles. He grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and received both his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Virginia He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University-Hanover Family Practice Residency
Program in 2000, and served as Co-Chief Resident during his third year. He joined the faculty of the residency program upon graduation, and in 2001 he completed a fellowship in Education, Leadership, and Administration (Faculty Development) in the Department of Family Practice at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia. He remained on the faculty there until moving to Los Angeles in March 2003. His clinical interests include evidence-based medicine, academic family medicine, urgent care, physician leadership and leadership development, health care for underserved populations, organized medicine and health care advocacy, and musculoskeletal medicine.