Student Division Immediate Past President
Allison Ikeda is a fourth year M.D. Candidate at Emory University, School of Medicine and currently serving as the AMWA National Student President. Previously she served AMWA as the National President-Elect, National Program Chair, Region 3 Director, and her local school’s chapter co-president. Allison continues to be inspired by the vast opportunities that AMWA offers in advocating for women’s health issues and advancing women in medicine. She is committed whole-heartedly to AMWA’s mission and is honored to actively engage in promoting mentorship and leadership opportunities for medical students, as a means to empower them at every stage of training.
She graduated from Whitman College, where she double-majored in Biophysics/Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Economics. Upon graduation, she moved to Washington, DC, where she conducted basic science and clinical research at the National Institutes of Health. Her projects focused on developing diagnostic tools for sickle cell pain crisis and identifying biological markers for clinical outcomes in children with cerebral malaria in Blantyre Malawi. Additionally, she was selected for the National Institutes of Health Academy Fellows Program, which equipped her with the background and tools to address the growing gaps in healthcare disparities and outcomes.
Now, in Atlanta, Allison has shifted her focus to public health issues through collaborations with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When not in Georgia, Allison can most likely be found in Seattle, WA with family and planning her next outdoor adventure!