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RPS Governing Council

The RPS Governing Council sets priorities and conducts the business of the Section. Officers serve 1-year terms and are charged with managing communications, policy and education, membership and recruitment, and other general activities.

Current Officers

S. Sanjay Sirpal, MD, JD

Dr. Sirpal joins the ACPM RPS Leadership Team as President. He is a PGY-2 pursuing a multi-specialty certification training program in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Family Medicine, and Internal Medicine at the l'Université de Montréal in Montréal, Canada. He holds both medical and law doctoral degrees and has a longstanding interest in the clinical, legal/advocacy, and scientific aspects of preventive medicine. In addition to his new position on the Board, he also is on the executive leadership team of the Young Doctors in Public Health, an organization dedicated to educating medical professionals and the public on matters of public health.

Dara Grieger, MD

Dr. Grieger grew up mostly in the Rochester, NY area. She is currently a resident in the first class of the new General Preventive Medicine residency program at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, on the Texas-Mexico border. After obtaining her MD from University of Tennessee in Memphis, she started her training in general surgery. She then spent some time in revenue cycle consulting before returning to clinical work. Immediately prior to transitioning to Preventive Medicine, she was doing primary care house calls in Harlem. She is interested in strategies to implement lifestyle medicine, practice and payment models, collaboration between preventive medicine and other specialties, quality and outcomes, and evidence based policy. In addition to her role within the ACPM, she also holds leadership positions in the Resident and Fellows section of the Texas Medical Association.

Solaide Akintade, MD, MBA, MHA, MS

Dr. Solaide Akintade is currently a General Preventive Medicine resident at the Florida Department of Health – Palm Beach County Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency program, where she is also the Chief resident. She graduated from Howard University in Washington D.C. where she obtained both a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (with Honors), as well as her Medical degree in 2008. Additionally, in 2014 she obtained both a Master in Business Administration and Master in Healthcare Management degrees from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. Dr. Akintade began her clinical training in Internal Medicine and has since worked in hospital administration for several years before transitioning to preventive medicine. She is currently an active member of both the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), as well as the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). Her professional interests include community and public health, health equity and health disparities, health education, policy and legislation. She is also passionate about quality improvement and patient safety. Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with her family, photography, cooking, traveling and gardening.

Neeraja Chandrasekaran, MD
Vice President of Membership & Recruitment

Neeraja Chandrasekaran is the rising chief resident in the public health and preventive medicine (PHPM) residency program at the Morehouse School of Medicine. She grew up in Parkland, FL, attended Sri Ramachandra Medical College in Chennai, India, and graduated in 2012. She completed her first year of internal medicine residency at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in 2014. She then went on a path to pursue her passion towards womens healthcare. She worked as a research fellow in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida for two years. She also has a degree in Masters in Public Health with a focus on Environmental Health and Healthcare Administration, which she completed at the University of Miami. She completed her thesis assessing disparities in knowledge, attitudes, practices of pregnant women regarding Zika virus. She also has many publications related to womens healthcare. Her interest in health disparities and achieving health equity for women inspired her to pursue a residency in public health and preventive medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine. She presently serves as the resident patient safety and quality improvement (PSQI) chair for the PHPM department. She is also a member of many other medical organizations and holds leadership positions within those organizations. She is very excited to serve as the vice president of membership and recruitment this year! 

Peter Edemekong, MD, MPH
Vice President of Communication

Dr. Edemekong graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He completed his Master’s in Public Health degree concurrently while finishing his medical school education and graduated from Windsor University School of Medicine. He is passionate about Primary Health Care, HIV Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Public Health. While transitioning from Family Medicine residency training to Preventive Medicine, Dr. Edemekong had experience working with at risk patient populations. He is dedicated to promoting access to healthcare in the underserved and disenfranchised populations and increasing diversity in medicine. His passion continues in areas of Clinical Preventive Medicine, Global Healthcare, Acute Disease Epidemiology (HIV, TB, Hepatitis, STIs) and Health Disparities as well as Maternal-Fetal Healthcare. He loves to teach and has publications on wide range of public health and medical topics. He continues to hone his passion for global healthcare through international medical missions and treating at-risk, underserved populations and communities. He is currently completing his Preventive Medicine Residency at the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County. 

Stacey L. Schott, MD
vice president of communication

Stacey L. Schott, MD is a current Cardiovascular Disease Fellow, Leadership Preventive Medicine Resident and Instructor of Medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH. In addition to her fellowship, Stacey is completing her Master of Public Health degree at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, Hanover, NH. Prior to coming to DHMC, Stacey completed internal medicine residency and served as Assistant Chief of Service at Johns Hopkins-Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD.  She also completed a Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute, Baltimore, MD.  Her research interests include Audio-Visual Healthcare Communications and Shared Decision Making.   She is a current member of TDI’s Open Recordings research group and the 'Shared Cardiology' research team at DHMC. She serves on the DHH Quality Committee and her clinical work includes Preventive Cardiology and Quality Improvement.

Chukwudi Mbagwu, MD
VICE PRESIDENT OF External Affairs

Dr. Mbagwu is a Preventive Medicine Resident at the University of Kentucky, with interest in health policy & management. He has a primary care background in family medicine and strong experience in clinical research. As a preventive medicine resident he has interest in public health, occupational health and addiction medicine. Dr. Mbagwu plans to pursue a career in healthcare administration and research while continuing to practice clinical medicine.

Eunice Zhang, MD
vice president of policy 

Dr. Zhang is in her second year of General Preventive Medicine residency at the University of Michigan. She attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University and completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Michigan. She is doing a Masters in Public Health with a focus on health management and policy. She is board-certified in internal medicine and plans to work both clinically as a primary care physician and non-clinically in the public or private sector. Her professional interests include insurance reform, service delivery models, food policy, patient-physician information asymmetry, and healthcare writing. Outside of medicine, she enjoys reading fiction and non-fiction, cooking, and watching Game of Thrones with her husband and cat named Khaleesi.


Margaret EG Tran

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