Association of Yale Alumni in Medicine (AYAM)

The Association of Yale Alumni in Medicine (AYAM) is comprised of all graduates from the Yale University School of Medicine, and those trained as interns, residents, and fellows in Yale’s postgraduate program. It serves as a link between the School of Medicine and its graduates and helps alumni stay in touch with Yale while providing opportunities for social interaction, networking and volunteer services.

With the exception of the Executive Committee, committee membership is open to any member of the alumni association. If you wish to participate in committee activities, please be in touch with us at or (203) 436-8551.

Committee Membership as of July 1, 2015

Executive Committee

The executive committee has primary responsibility for the activities and representing the interests of the alumni to the school and university. Elections are held each spring in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Association during reunion weekend.


President               Richard Kayne, M.D. '76 of Woodbridge, CT
Vice President   Harold R. Mancusi-Ungaro, Jr., M.D. '73 of Santa Rosa, CA
Secretary               Lillian A. Oshva, M.D. '96 of New York, NY
Past President    Susan Ryu Gaynon, M.D. '76 of Palo Alto, CA

At-Large Members

Philip W. Askenase, M.D. '65 of Hamden, CT
Nicholas Countryman, M.D. '05 of Carmel, IN
Charles DiSabatino, M.D. HS '75 of Hamden, CT
Shih-Yin Ho, M.D. '96 of New York, NY
Pinar Kodaman, M.D. '01 of Guilford, CT
Philip W. Lebowitz, M.D. '72 of New York, NY
Amy Liebeskind, M.D. '98 of New York, NY
Harlan Pinto, M.D. '83 of Palo Alto, CA
Amy Starr, M.D. '74 of New York, NY
Warren Widmann, M.D. '61 of New York, NY

Delegates to the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) 

Douglas A. Berv, M.D. '74 of Bethany, CT
Harold Kaplan, M.D. '63 of North Haven, CT
Scott T.O. Kennedy, M.D. '08 of San Francisco, CA
Francis M. Lobo, M.D. '91 of New Haven, CT
Donald L. Kent, M.D. '72 of Tarpon Springs, FL
Anne A. Wolf, M.D. '92 of West Roxbury, MA

Ex Officio

Dean Robert J. Alpern, M.D.
Ensign Professor of Medicine, Dean of Medicine

Michael B. Tom, M.D. '83 of Greenwich, CT
Chair, Alumni Fund

Deborah Jagielow
Director, Alumni Affairs

Ex Officio Student Representatives 
Sunny Chung, MED '18
President, Medical Student Council 

Amendine Godier-Furnemont, MED '19
1st year liaison

Tafadzwa (Taf) Chaunzwa, MED '18
2nd year liaison

Tambudzai (Tambu) Kudze, MED '17
3rd year liaison

James (Jim) Smithy, MED '17
5th year liaison

Alumni Communications Committee

The committee will review and explore new options for print and electronic communications, including broadcast emails, websites, and social media to our alumni.

Chair: Donald E. Moore, M.D. ’81
Sharon A. Chekijian, M.D. ’00
+ Shih-Yin Ho, M.D. ’96
Michael Kashgarian, M.D. ‘58
+ Scott T. O. Kennedy, M.D ’08
+ Warren Widmann, M.D. ’61 

+  = elected or ex officio member of the AYAM Executive Committee

AYA/University Collaborations Committee

The committee will help identify and foster cross-communication and collaboration with other alumni groups of the university including other professional schools

Co-Chair: + Christine A. Walsh, M.D. ’73 
Co-Chair: + Harold Mancusi-Ungaro, Jr. M.D. ’73

Carol J. Amick, M.D. ’59
Sharon L. Bonney, M.D. ’76
Fredric K. Cantor, M.D. ’62
+ Nicholas B. Countryman, M.D. ’05
Rupali Gandhi, M.D. ’04
+ Donald L. Kent, M.D. ’72 
+ Francis M. Lobo, M.D. ’92
Jocelyn S. Malkin, M.D. ’52
Laura Manuelidis, M.D. ’67
Nicholas M. Passarelli, M.D. ’59
+ Amy Starr, M.D. ’74

+  = elected or ex officio member of the AYAM Executive Committee

Alumni Fund Committee

The committee will explore ways to engage alumni and students in financially supporting the School of Medicine through annual gifts to the Alumni Fund.

Chair: + Michael B. Tom, M.D. ’83
Tafadzwa (Taf) Chaunzwa, MED ’18
+ Philip W. Lebowitz, M.D. ’72
Robert W. Lyons, M.D. ’64
Mark L. Meyer, M.D. ’94
+ Lillian A. Oshva, M.D. ’96
Muriel D. Wolf, M.D. ’59

+  = elected or ex officio member of the AYAM Executive Committee

Student Engagement Committee

The committee will explore mentoring, connecting alumni speakers to student groups and informal residency interview hosting.

Co-Chair:  + Douglas A. Berv, M.D. ’74
Co-Chair:  +
Amy Liebeskind, M.D. ’98
+ Philip W. Askenase, M.D. ’65
Harold D. Bornstein, Jr., M.D. ’53
Irwin M. Braverman, M.D. ’55
+ Charles DiSabatino, M.D. HS '75
+ Susan Ryu Gaynon, M.D. ’76
Gilbert F. Hogan, M.D. ’57
+Harold P. Kaplan, M.D. ’63
+Richard D. Kayne, M.D. ’76
+Pinar Kodaman, M.D. ’01
Tambudzai (Tambu) Kudze, MED ’17
+ Amy Liebeskind, M.D. ’98
+ Harlan Pinto, M.D. ’83
James (Jim) Smithy, MED ’16
+ Anne A. Wolf, M.D. ’92

+  = elected or ex officio member of the AYAM Executive Committee