Council and Faculty Advisors

Zach Sagorin
MUS President
Hello! My name is Zach Sagorin and my favourite part of being MUS President is learning from my friends and colleagues, acting as a representative for UBC medical students, and advocating for our needs. My passions include planetary health, social equity, and finance. As a researcher, I am interested in quality improvement, medical education, and advancing gender equity in surgery. In my spare time, I would rather be outdoors snowboarding or surfing. Follow me on Twitter @SagorinZ
John Liu
Past President
I am a fourth year medical student and was MUS President in 2018-2019. I am from Ontario originally and have spent the past 4 years questioning which province I like better. I was previously the MSAC Ambassador, then subsequently MUS VP Internal, and was MUS President last year. I enjoy cycling, running, avocados, exploring new places, and just being involved with the med school community at UBC!
Aaron Baker
IMP Site Lead
Hey! My name is Aaron Baker and I am super excited to be this year’s IMP Site Lead! I am excited to represent this incredible program. As site lead I plan to get involved with IMP’s social, academic, and professional events both financially and logistically.
Kian Draper
NMP Site Lead
Hello, my name is Kian and I am the NMP site lead. As the NMP site lead, my roles include working closely with the socials to organize NMP events, helping distribute MUS funds to NMP students seeking reimbursement, and working behind the scenes to make sure the NMP is remains a clean and welcoming site. The NMP site visit is an upcoming event I am currently working to organize. A long term goal of mine is to continue working on getting an NMP-MUS workout space at the hospital, which Nick my predecessor worked hard on during his time as site lead. I also hope to continue to make the roles of NMP site lead more efficient and automated in anticipation of transitioning the position next year to a new student.
Kaitlin Toplak
SMP Site Lead
As the SMP Site Lead, I am honoured to represent all of the students and faculty based out of Kelowna. My main responsibilities include fair allocation of SMP finances, advocacy for site-specific initiatives at MUS meetings, and supporting interconnectivity between the sites and medical community at large. One of my main goals is to increase engagement within the Okanagan medical community by promoting cohesion between alumni, students, residents and physicians through various networking events. Most importantly, I am currently working closely with class council to assure the needs of SMP students are met. Whether this be a warm welcome to incoming first-year students, or a graduation gift for the departing class, I look forward to working with SMP students and faculty to ensure the best experience possible!
Armaghan (Army) Alam
Year I President
My name is Army and I am honored and ecstatic to be the Year 1 Class President for the Class of 2023. A little bit about myself, I’m originally from Calgary, but have lived in Saudi Arabia, Toronto, and most recently, I completed my undergrad at McGill. I love watching The Office, going for runs, and reading. As the Year 1 Class President, I hope to work closely with my wonderful council to accomplish three key points. The first is collaborating with faculty, staff, and students to promote more wellness initiatives and mental health support. The second is promoting inclusive social events for all members of our class. The last is being an advocate and voice for our class if any issues come up, academic or otherwise. Please feel free to reach out to me any time if you have any questions or concerns, my door is always open!
Jessica Wang
Year II President
Khashayar Hanjani
Year III President
As year III class president my goal is to ensure members of my class have as smooth a transition as possible into clerkship in third year and electives in fourth year. To that end, class council has put together an information panel with 4th years so far. We have also been working with faculty to have their information sessions address some major concerns students have been having, especially in light of recent changes to our elective cap. We will continue to address questions as they come up and have more initiatives in the pipeline to help students make the best of clerkship.
Maichael Thejoe
Year IV President

Monica Hsieh
Vice President Communications Sr.
As the VP Communications Senior, I am excited to work alongside the VP Communications junior to ensure that every student in the UBC MDUP is well-informed of extracurricular opportunities and MUS activities. My main responsibilities include maintaining communication within MUS, creating the bi-weekly MUSeletters and updating the MUS Events Calendar to keep all of you up to date. We also strive to be transparent between MUS and every class in the medical program. Please feel free to reach out to me at if you have any questions regarding communication!
Vanessa Wong
Vice President Communications Jr.
Hi! My name is Vanessa and I am your VP Communications Jr this year! We work to make sure you get the latest updates on MUS and the extracurricular activities going on. If you have any questions, just send us an email and I'll probably end up sending all of you an email too. Look out for us in your inbox!
Chloe Lim
Information Technology Officer Sr.
Hi everyone! I am excited to continue in MUS council as the IT Officer Sr. I hope to make sure all the information that we as a council work towards is available to all of MUS online. Please email me at if you have any questions. Thanks!
Gabriel Malvas
Information Technology Officer Jr.
Hey! My name is Gabriel...though you had to have known that if you're reading this. Making things happen outside the limelight is one of the reasons I like working as IT Officer with the MUS. If we ever cross paths, feel free to talk with me about anything: very little doesn't serve as an interest of mine, from playing musical instruments to martial arts to food (both making and eating). Give a shout if you need anything!

Godspeed and good luck to you.

Jeremy Zuo
Vice President Sponsor & Donor Relations Sr.
Hi everyone, my name is Jeremy and I'm excited to be part of MUS! We are the ones to talk to if you are an external organization who wishes to present to the med students or sponsor one of our events (i.e. MedBall, Run for Rural Medicine, etc.). Please refer to the sponsorship website ( for more information!

Sabrina Wei
Vice President Sponsor & Donor Relations Jr.
Hi Everyone! My name is Sabrina and I’m very excited to be serving as your VP Sponsorship and Donor Relations Jr this year. My role involves liaising with faculty and external sponsors to establish a sustainable flow of funds and free lunches for our med community. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

Billy Zhao
Vice President Finance Sr. (Head of Division)
Hey everyone! I’m very honored to be serving our student body as VP Finance. In my role, I work with class treasurers, site leads, and club treasurers to make sure everyone spending money on behalf of their club or class is reimbursed accordingly.
In addition to reimbursements, I am also working towards making a difference in our student body. All medical students pay a mandatory fee to the MUS, yet not all students benefit from activities and events of MUS. My goal this year is to create a more efficient budget and allocate enough funding to support these students through promoting activities related to student wellness and education. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out! I’m always open to feedback!
Parker Nann
Vice President Finance Jr.

Willow Thickson
VP Indigenous Health (Co-Head of Division)
As VP Indigenous Health my role is to liaise with the UBC Faculty of Medicine, First Nations Health Authority and the Indigenous community at large on behalf of the student body. This encompasses promotion and advocacy for Indigenous health among UBC medical students, maintenance and promotion of Indigenous advocacy groups within the UBC medical faculty, advocacy of culturally appropriate, safe and relevant Indigenous content within the medical curriculum, and strategic alignment of the medical faculties policies and activities with the “Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action”. My role as the health officer also includes supporting and providing direction to the Year 1 and Year 2 Indigenous Health Representatives (8 total).
Vito Zou
VP Global Health Sr. (Co-Head of Division)
Lisa Hackett
IMP Year 1 Indigenous Health Officer
I identify as an Irish-Canadian settler woman with strong ties to the West coast of Canada and Nova Scotia. I became interested in developing stronger relationships with Indigenous communities after spending four summers in Klemtu, BC, where I coordinated a summer internship for Kitasoo/Xai’xais youth. I am especially interested in emphasizing cultural and community strengths to promote health on individual and community levels. I want to continue learning about health from Indigenous perspectives so that I can better serve Indigenous communities as a physician. My goal as Junior Indigenous Health Rep for the IMP is to open up such learning experiences to the rest of the class! I want to create opportunities for our class to broaden understandings of Indigenous health and for us to contribute to Indigenous communities in and around Victoria. I’m keen on collaborating with anyone with similar interests and those with ties to Indigenous communities, so give me a shout if this is you!
Sarah Douglas
IMP Year 2 Indigenous Health Officer
Sukhmeet Sachal (Rohan)
NMP Year 1 Indigenous Health Officer
Jessica Hatcher
NMP Year 2 Indigenous Health Officer
Samantha Gibbon
SMP Year 1 Indigenous Health Officer
Tan’si! My name is Samantha Gibbon, and I’m a descendent of Peayasis Band and a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. I was born and raised in Edmonton, and my passions include pow wow dancing, writing, painting, Métis jigging, and teaching.
Jordanna Roesler
SMP Year 2 Indigenous Health Officer
Lisa Szostek
VFMP Year 1 Indigenous Health Officer
Kala Draney
VFMP Year 2 Indigenous Health Officer

Devon Mitchell
Vice President External Sr. (Head of Division)
Devon is excited to be returning for his second year on the MUS, and to continue pursuing advocacy for all UBC medical students!
Reem Raziz
Vice President External Jr.
Hi friends! My name is Reem & I am honoured to be your new VP External Jr. My role is to work with the talented MUS team at UBC on internal matters as well as with Canadian-wide medical organizations to address pertinent affairs affecting Canada's medical students. Some of our partners include the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS), Resident Doctors of BC (RDoBC), Doctors of BC (DoBC), the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), along with many others. I will have the opportunity to express the voice of UBC on a national and provincial level, as well as be able to advocate on behalf of our student society. Lastly, I hope to continue the work of our incredible Division of External Affairs, and to strengthen the presence and relationship of UBC Med with the national medical community. Please feel free to reach out to me with questions regarding the MUS or any of our partners, I would love to chat. I look forward to a productive year with the MUS and wish you all a stellar semester! 🙂
Tribesty Nguyen
Chair of the Political Advocacy Committee
Ravi Parhar
AMS Representative

Isaac Rodin
Vice President Internal (Head of Division)
I'm a 3rd year medical student, excited to be serving our UBC medical student community as VP Internal for the 2019/20 year. After two years on the Communications portfolio, I have stepped out into the Internal portfolio to work closely with MUS Clubs Rep and Sports Director to ensure student activities continue to run smoothly, support the MUS president, and liaise with the Site Leads to ensure our student body remains cohesive and equitable through its unique geography. I also serve as Elections Officer and look forward to overseeing coordination of some of our most loved yearly events, including MedBall! Please feel free to shoot me an email if you've got any questions or concerns at
Sina Safabakhsh
Clubs Representative
Hey there! My name is Sina and I am excited to be your MUS Clubs Rep. I am excited about working with my MUS teammates to ensure fair and accurate representation of the broad array of interests in UBC med. I am also looking forward to collaborating with students and faculty to host an eventful Clubs Night for the incoming Class of 2024. Moreover, I will ensure smooth communication between club members and the MUS to enable our clubs to thrive as much as possible.
Send me an email at any time to discuss any ideas or questions you may have!
Matthew Madsen
Sports Director
I love how sports and recreation bring people together. They are also just fun and make you feel good. If you have any ideas for new sporting events please let me know. I'd love to support you.

Stephen McCarthy, PhD
Vice President Academic Sr. (Head of Division)
As VP Academic Sr. for our medical undergraduate program, I assist the selection of student representatives for various faculty committees. I also meet with student reps on MEC and with deans in our faculty, to better improve our renewed spiral curriculum. I also work closely with class VP Academics in all 4 years, to transmit information to them from MUS. I also help our program with ongoing external accreditation. If you have any concerns about an academic issue in our program, or need help finding the right person to speak to about academic issues, I'm your guy! I also like to stand up for any student who needs academic support (
Annette Ye
Vice President Academic Jr.
Vivian Tsang
Vivian represents the Faculty of Medicine on the Senate, the university's highest academic governing body. Along with UBC's registrars and faculty members, there is one elected student senator representing their faculty within the Senate. Vivian currently serves in the Senate's longstanding Budgets committee and was selected to be one of two students to sit on the newly founded Research committee. Her plans for this year include building the research committee portfolio and advocating for increased funding for medical student research opportunities. She is also excited to contribute to ongoing discussions about a new climate change portfolio and other issues intersecting health and social justice. Her involvement with UBC Senate adds to her previous political involvement such as her roles on Vancouver City Council's Children, Youth, and Families Advisory Committee, and Co-Chairing the Medical Undergraduate Society's Political Development Committee to advocate for improved mental health resources for young people in BC.
Nominations Committee President

Dr. Harvey Lui
Faculty Advisor.