HISTORY

Helix was founded by six undergraduates at UC Berkeley in 2017. Over the summer, they had been working as EMTs and had noticed a lack of diversity in healthcare providers at the facilities that they visited. Concerned, they looked into the issue and were surprised to discover that African Americans, Hispanics, and other ethnic minorities, despite making up 30% of the population, only comprise 10% of doctors.

Around the same time, UCSF was hosting their Summer Science Camp for middle schoolers. Inspired, they thought, why not organize a summer program for those underrepresented in medicine to give them a chance to explore healthcare careers?

Thus, we founded Helix, a non-profit organization whose goal is to address the underrepresentation of minorities in healthcare by stimulating interest and providing opportunities that empower these individuals to pursue a future in medicine.

MANAGING DIRECTORS

Apurva Prasad
CO-DIRECTOR
Pari Srivastava
CO-DIRECTOR
Simran Sarin
CO-DIRECTOR

PROJECT MANAGERS

Brandon Cai
OPERATIONS
Iris Yen
OPERATIONS
Ashley Frans
NETWORK
Zoe Hsiao
NETWORK
Chandler Beon
CURRICULUM
Tayyaba Barakzai
CURRICULUM

STAFF

Casey Mogilevsky
CURRICULUM
Shuka Park
CURRICULUM
Alexis Behne Sharma
CURRICULUM
Shannon Zhong
CURRICULUM
Aditya Kancharla
NETWORK
Salvador Ramirez Jr
NETWORK
Karan Lingineni
OPERATIONS
Johnny Morales Arellano
OPERATIONS
Justin Im
OPERATIONS
Vivian Nguyen
OPERATIONS

Not Pictured:

  • Adrienne Ly
  • Alexa Aguilar
  • Arthi Inagandla
  • Carissa Wei
  • Daniel Hernadez
  • Emmeline De Asis
  • Haru Yamamoto
  • Lauren Trankiem
  • Mark Joshua Lacsamana

  • Neal Mukherjee
  • Paula Marquez
  • Paulo Orozco
  • Rishabh Sanghavi
  • Savinnie Ho
  • Sonika Vuyyuru
  • Taqwa Tofaha

PROFESSIONAL ADVISORS

Dr. Heather Hertema, PharmD
UCSF Summer Science Camp
Founder

​Dr. Amy Garlin, MD
UCSF-UCB Joint Medical Program
Head of Clinical Instruction

Abraham Roman
Berkeley Fire Department
Assistant Fire Chief


Dr. Nailah Thompson, DO, MPH
Kaiser Permanente, Oakland Medical Center
Director, Internal Medicine Residency Health Equity and Disparities Track

Gary Owens
Sutter Health, Youth Bridge
​Program Coordinator

Millicent Morris-Chaney
University of California, Berkeley
Student Organization Coordinator, LEAD Center

Dr. Mercedes Paredes, MD, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
Principal Investigator, Asst. Prof of Neurology

Dr. Gustavo Valbuena, MD, PhD
UCSF-UCB Joint Medical Program
Head of Curriculum

Dr. Kevin Mitchell, MD, FACS
Rideout Memorial Hospital
Critical Care Trauma Surgeon

ADVISORS & ALUMNI

Nolan Pokpongkiat
FOUNDER
Jeffery Li
FOUNDER
Erik Chan
FOUNDER
Zhimin Zhao
ADVISOR
Surya Gudivada
ALUMNUS
Kaveh Boostanpour
ADVISOR
Marwat Al-Olefi
ADVISOR
Jasmine Larrick
ADVISOR
Jessica Mar
ADVISOR
Alex Ly
ADVISOR

Anthony Chau
ADVISOR
Gene Ho
ALUMNUS

THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS!

​R. David Bowlus- Platinum Level
Judith Hellman- Diamond Level
Dennis Kuo- Diamond Level
Alexandria Ludlow- Bronze Level

PARTNERS

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!