Medical Student Committee Mission Statement:
The Florida Chapter, American College of Surgeons is a non-profit medical association whose mission is to support and improve the practice of surgery in the state of Florida. Our student committee aims to educate and engage Florida Medical Students in the practice of surgery.
The Florida Chapter, American College of Surgeons offers a professional home for Florida surgeons interested in protecting patients and the profession of surgery. We provide opportunities for medical students to participate in state and national chapters of the FACS, and aim to create educational and professional surgical opportunities. These opportunities include education in numerous surgical fields, networking opportunities, and the development of personal relationships of the highest quality.
Chair: Tara M. Irani, JD University of Miami
Tara is native to the Washington, DC Metro area. In 2008, Tara earned her Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in psychology, English, and anthropology from the University of Miami. In 2011, she began working as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Ryder Trauma Center. At Ryder, she helped create and manage a motorcycle crash prevention program. In 2016, Tara graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law and became a member of the Florida bar. Tara is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. In addition to her leadership role with FACS, Tara leads UM’s Gun Violence Research Advocacy Program, and continues to conduct prevention research in motorcycle crashes, other forms of blunt trauma, and surgical education. Tara hopes to one day become a surgeon who is also an expert in health policy.
Vice Chair: Yao Yang, MPH University of Miami
Yao earned a Bachelor of Arts in music with a concentration in music, science and technology from Stanford University in 2009. Exposure to health care in resource-limited settings in her undergraduate years sparked an interest in surgical care and led her to earn a Master of Public Health in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from the Yale School of Public Health in 2013. Her research interests include epidemiology of surgical disease, surgical capacity-building, and extreme affordability in health care. She is currently a student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Alex Breslin Florida International University
Tracey Cook Florida State University
Nicole Le University of South Florida
Timothy Legare University of Central Florida
Remy Minami University of Miami
Alex Moses University of Central Florida
Raed Ismail Narvel Florida International University
Jarrod Olafson University of South Florida
Daniel Ramon University of South Florida
Bhupaul Ramsuchit Florida International University
Kelley Rojas Florida State University
Ben Slavin University of Miami
Peter Vonu University of Florida
Palina Woodhouse Florida International University
Yao Yang, MPH University of Miami
Christa Zino University of Central Florida
Faculty Mentor: Holly Neville, MD, FACS University of Miami
Membership in the Florida Chapter – Medical Student is automatic for medical student members of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.
How to Become Involved
Annual Florida Chapter ACS meeting Honors & Awards
Medical Student Poster Awards:
103rd Annual Clinical Congress
October 22-26, 2017
San Diego, CA
January 2018 (date TBD)
Leadership & Advocacy ACS
May 19-22, 2018
Florida Chapter Annual Meeting
April 6-8, 2018
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