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Meet the AWS Blog Team, a subcommittee of the Communications Committee and the individuals who work behind the scenes to bring you the AWS Blog content.
Medical Student Members
Shree is a fourth year medical student at Case Western Reserve University, where she also completed her bachelors of science degree in biology. Currently, she is completing a clinical research fellowship in genitourinary reconstruction at the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute at Cleveland Clinic and applying for Urology residency this fall. She has served as the Chair of the AWS National Medical Student Committee and blogs for AWS and Doximity. Shree is passionate about research surrounding patient decision-making and transitional congenital care. In her free time, she enjoys boxing, practicing yoga, and cooking. Twitter: @ShreeAgrawal21.
Natalie is a fourth year MD/MPH student at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. She is a 2013 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelors degree in Human Biology. Natalie is applying to general surgery residency this coming fall. She most recently served on the AWS Medical Student Committee as the National Chapter Coordinator and periodically writes for the AWS Blog. She is an avid runner, homebrewer, and #SurgBBQ fan, and you can find her on Twitter @utully13.
Camila is originally from Curitiba, Brazil. She is a fifth-year medical student at Universidade Federal do Paraná in Brazil, and serves as general coordinator of a Trauma Surgery Interest Group at her institution. Camila received a one-year scholarship to study Biomedical Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. Subsequently she worked as a research student at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center studying pancreatic cancer, Hepatobiliary surgery outcomes, and patient education. Camila is passionate about pursuing a career in academic surgery and is very active in AWS. She is a member of the Publications and Communications committee, and is currently the Communications Chair of the National Medical Student Committee. You can find her on twitter at @camila_guetter.
Patricia Martinez Quinones, MD
Patricia Martinez Quinones is a general surgery resident at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and a PhD student in Biomedical Sciences at Augusta University. She is originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico. Patricia received her MD from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in 2010. As an undergraduate at Baylor University she studied Biology and Chemistry and was awarded Fellow of the Academy for Leader Development and Civic Engagement. As a graduate student Patricia is studying the innate immune system activation after traumatic injury and she hopes to continue her career path in academic trauma and critical care surgery upon completion of residency. Patricia has been an AWS Blog Committee member since 2017 and serves as resident mentor for the AWS medical student chapter at Augusta University. She enjoys spending time with her husband, her dog Lady, running obstacle course races and is training for her first half-marathon this year. You can find her on Twitter at @PMartinezMD.
Sristi Sharma, MD, MPH
Sristi Sharma is a General Surgery Resident at University of Colorado, Denver. She is a previous Paul Farmer Global Surgery Research Associate, Harvard Medical School, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University where she got her MPH and a proud alum of Sikkim Manipal University, India from where received her MD degree. She is an passionate about advocating for global surgery. She was born in the Himalayas and is a Gorkha to the core. She loves travelling and most of her travel destinations are centered around food and coffee. Twitter: @drsristisharma.
Minerva A. Romero Arenas, MD, MPH
Minerva A. Romero Arenas is an Endocrine & General Surgeon at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She completed a fellowship in Oncologic Surgical Endocrinology at the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. She completed her General Surgery Residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. She received her MD and MPH from The University of Arizona College of Medicine and the Zuckerman College of Public Health in 2009. She studied Cell Biology and French at Arizona State University as an undergraduate.
Her interests include surgical oncology & endocrinology, global health, health disparities, quality improvement, and genomics. She has been part of the blog team since its initiation in 2013. A native of Mexico City, Mexico, Dr. Romero Arenas is passionate about recruiting the next generation of surgeons and is involved in mentoring through various organizations. She enjoys fine arts, films, gastronomy, and sports. She enjoys jogging, swimming, boxing and kickboxing. Most importantly, Dr. Romero Arenas treasures spending time with her family and loved ones. You can find her on Twitter as @minervies.