Ishan Asokan is currently a rising fourth year medical student at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he plans to apply for residency in surgery. He received his BA in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 (magna cum laude) and completed his M.Sc. in Global Health Science at the University of Oxford, U.K. in 2012. Ishan has participated in several global LGBTQ health projects in India, Kenya and Jordan and is currently a 2015-2016 NIH Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) Fellow studying hematopoietic stem cell biology. While at Vanderbilt, Ishan served as the President of Vanderbilt’s Chapter of the AMA, received the POINT Foundation Janssen Therapeutics Scholarship in 2014, participated in the Elton Jon AIDS Foundation (EJAF) Fellowship in 2015, and was most recently inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) for his commitment to service, scholarly pursuits, and leadership. He plans to channel his interdisciplinary interests into a career focused on translational research, health advocacy, and surgery overseas.