Flo Da-Silva is a rising M4 at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Flo graduated from University of the Sciences in 2018 with a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Sciences. While at University of the Sciences Flo served as captain on the NCAA Division 2 Men's Basketball Team. Following undergraduate Flo attended the Temple ACHS post-bacc program. His clinical interests include: Anesthesiology. In his free time, he continues to enjoy playing the game of basketball.
Christopher Koilor is a rising M3 at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Chris attended Penn State University where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Biobehavioral Health and discovered his passion for health and wellness. Chris then went on to complete a one year accelerated post-baccalaureate program at Thomas Jefferson University. Chris is involved with Temple's student-run health clinic, admissions team, and Health Career Collaborative program. Outside the classroom, he enjoys opportunities surrounding mentorship, community service, and physical fitness.
Andre Cunningham is a rising M4 at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 2019 with a degree in Biological Sciences and minor in Spanish. Andre is a leader on the PCOM campus serving as class representative, member of the student national medical association, and member of the social relations team. He aspires to be an interventional cardiologist. In his free time, he enjoys playing the violin and pursuing his physical fitness goals.
Rodney Morrison Jr.
Rodney Morrison Jr. is a rising M3 at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelors in Biological Science before earning a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at PCOM. His clinical interests include: Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, and Radiology. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys working out, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Jesse Uduma is a rising M4 at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Jesse earned a Bachelors of Science in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience at Temple University in 2017. His clinical interests include Surgical Critical Care and Neurosurgery. Jesse is a professional photographer, founding his own company UdumaVisions. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and practicing Muay Thai Kickboxing. He aspires to use his medical knowledge to serve his home community in Ebonyi State, Nigeria.
Hayalneh Gessessew is currently attending the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Hayalneh attended Bucknell University as a POSSE Scholar and graduated in May 2019 with his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry/Cell Biology. He was also inducted into the Alpha Iota Chapter of Phi Sigma, a National undergraduate Biology Honor Society. Hayalneh enjoys swimming, spending time with his family and friends, as well as volunteering in the community. He is interested in pursuing CardioVascular/ Thoracic medicine or surgery after completion of medical school.
Bryson Hoover-Hankerson is currently a second year medical student at Lewis Katz School of Medicine. He graduated from Tufts University in 2016 with a B.S. in Biology. Afterwards he scribed in Baltimore, MD for a year before relocating to Philadelphia, PA where he attended the ACHS Temple post-bacc program. Following completion of the program he worked for a year at the Center for Urban Bioethics at Lewis Katz School of Medicine. He applied while working and decided to attend Lewis Katz School of Medicine. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball, reading, and going to the movies. Bryson is interested in trauma surgery as his specialty.
Demetrius Woodard is a M2 at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. In 2019, Demetrius received his Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology from West Chester University. He was also involved in in leadership positions across campus including Health & Education chair for the West Chester University chapter of the NAACP and as a leadership consultant for the office of student leadership and involvement. During his free time, Demetrius enjoys strength training, listening to music and being with family. He is interested in pursuing a career in non-invasive Cardiology after the completion of medical school.
Frederick Okoye is currently a 3rd year medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine interested in surgery and neurology. He earned his master’s in Interdisciplinary Sciences at Drexel University College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies and has been focused on health disparity reduction through preventative care measures in chronic diseases. He was awarded the 2019 Penn Memory Center Minority Scholars in Aging Research at the University of Pennsylvania where he worked in the Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation (LCNS) interacting with stroke patients.
Since 2016, he has worked intimately with Penn Memory Center, addressing the gap in care, awareness, and general knowledge of cognitive impairment in the African American community. Through surveys, conversations with his Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. brothers, and residents the Philadelphia area, he initiated a collaborative community outreach series Alzheimer’s in Our Community, intended to educate and engage the Philadelphia community in meaningful dialogue, support, and research participation.
Frederick was an NCAA Division I track and field athlete at Seton Hall University and Lehigh University, graduating with his bachelor’s in biological sciences from Lehigh University.
Keneolisa is currently an MS1 at Lewis Katz School of Medicine. Ogamba went to Tufts University where he studied Community Health and Biology. He was a member of the BlackOut Step Team. Keneolisa graduated in 2016 and then worked as an administrative assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA for 2 years. Afterwards he attended the ACMS post-bacc program at Temple University. Ogamba applied early decision to Lewis Katz School of Medicine and have been accepted to join the class of 2024. He is currently working as a Research Project Associate at the Center for Urban Bioethics at Temple University. Ogamba is interested in family medicine after completion of medical school. Outside of work-life he enjoys playing basketball, travelling, and music.
Mansour Mahamane is an M3 at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Mansour Mahamane received his bachelor degree from University of Central Oklahoma in 2011. After completion of his bachelor's degree, he worked in academia and later served in the US Army before starting medical school. In his free time, Mansour enjoys traveling and learning about finance and entrepreneurship
Percy Takyi is a 3rd year student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is currently a dual-degree student, pursuing his MBA at St. Joseph’s Haub School of Business. He plans on pursuing a career in psychiatry, and plans on being on the forefront of the movement to reduce the stigma on mental health, especially in the Black community. Prior to attending medical school Percy worked as a Lab Tech at Lab Corp, a substitute teacher, and as a medical scribe. With his free time he runs a podcast called “Behind the White Coat: Failure and Percyverance”, where he invites people in the different health professions to come and share the obstacles they have faced in their respective journeys in medicine. He hopes to reduce the stigma on failure by showing people that “failure” actually leads you to success. In addition to running his podcast, Percy works as an intern for a company called MedFlashGo, which is an interactive voice board prep program, where students are able to use Alexa to help prepare them for boards. Lastly, Percy works for the company Osmosis as a fellow where he helps students find more efficient ways to study. With the drive to reduce certain stigmas in the field of medicine, Percy believes that with transparency amongst his colleagues, and the willingness of others to listen, the sky is the limit.
Sho Da-Silva is a rising M4 at Ross University School of Medicine. Sho graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences from the University of the Sciences. During undergraduate he was a captain of the men’s basketball team for two consecutive seasons. Sho went on to attend the Temple ACHS post baccalaureate program before beginning his studies at Ross University. He is clinically interested in Gastroenterology and Pediatrics with a sub-specialty in Critical Care. In his free time, Sho enjoys playing basketball, physical fitness, nutrition, and global and local politics.
Ronald is a rising M4 at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Florida A&M University. Ronald has a strong clinical interest in Diagnostic Radiology and Sports Medicine. In his free time, Ronald is an avid gamer and has a strong passion for music and sports. He is also a former three sport athlete in football, lacrosse, and track & field
Bryce is a rising M4 at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. In 2019, he graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A in Biological Sciences. Before matriculating into Medical School he spent the summer studying abroad at the Mediterranean Agribusiness School in Zaragoza, Spain where he studied Spanish language and agriculture. His clinical interests include: Psychology and Neurology. During his free time Bryce enjoys playing basketball, exploring music, and spending time with family and friends.
Olufela Koleoso is an OMS-III at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine pursuing a DO degree. He is a Houston, Tx native and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience at Pomona College. In his free time, he enjoys a friendly game of basketball, playing his guitar, martial arts and health and wellness through dedicated hours in the gym and a well-balanced diet. He is interested in Orthopedic Surgery as well as Emergency Medicine specialties and plans to explore those interests further over the next two years.
Glenn Adesoji is a rising M3 at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Glenn graduated with a Bachelors degree in Health Science and a minor in Psychology from Stetson University in 2016. He played NCAA D-I football at Stetson before receiving a Master's Degree in Medical Sciences from the University of South Florida. His clinical interests include: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Anesthesiology. Outside of the classroom, Glenn enjoys playing football, basketball, working out, and boxing.
George Ajene is a 4th-year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. A Houston, Texas native George graduated from Texas Southern University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Biology and Chemistry. He has partnered with the American College of Surgeons in numerous outreach programs in the state of Pennsylvania, including ventures like bringing robotic surgery to high-school classrooms. He was Chair of the Academic Advocacy Committee at PCOM's Student National Medical Association Chapter. George now also operates as a Community Health Connector for the organization Together for West Philadelphia. George enjoys activities focused on physical fitness and reading in his spare time and is interested in pursuing a career in Structural Heart disease in Interventional Cardiology.
Andrew Joseph is a M1 at Drexel's University College of Medicine. Originally from New Orleans, La, Andrew attend Cornell College in Iowa for undergrad where he major in biology. He took 2 gap years where he scribed for an orthopedic surgeon and taught as a elementary science teacher at a local New Orleans charter school before receiving his Masters at Drexel University. Outside of school, he enjoys staying active with activities such as hiking and even snowboarding in the winter. He also finds pleasure in exploring Philadelphia and the cities surrounding. Andrew aspires to specialize in pediatric surgery as a physician.
Russell Boston is a rising M3 at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He graduated from the College of Wooster in 2019 with a B.A. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. He was a team captain on the NCAA Division III Men's Football Team and volunteered as a Student Health Coach through Wooster Community Hospital. After graduation he earned a Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences from Duke University School of Medicine. During his free time he loves to pursue his fitness goals, watch anime, and chill with his friends. Russell is clinically interested in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a sub-specialization in Sports Medicine.
Kenneth Bonett is a First-Year Medical Student at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. He graduated in 2020 from the University of Maryland, College Park with his undergraduate degree in Public Health Science. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports, making music, and spending time with friends.
Josh Bosque-Hamilton is a rising M3 at Drexel University College of Medicine. He attended Creighton University where he earned a Backelors in Biology. He went on to earn a Masters in Biomedical Sciences from Drexel Graduate School. After undergraduate he worked as a patient navigator and clinical research coordinator in the Cardiovascular Medicine Innovation division of Brigham and Women's Hospital. Through this project, he has 3 publications, one of which in JAMA Cardiology. At Drexel he holds positions of leadership in SNMA and RISE Philadelphia tutoring organization. His clinical interests include: Cardiology and Physician Medicine & Rehabilitation specializing in Sports Medicine. In my free time, he enjoy working out, playing football, cooking, and DJing.
Alexander Thomas is a fourth year medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, and is pursuing a career in psychiatry. He intends to do a fellowship in either forensics or psychoanalysis. He received his B.A. in History and Comparative Religion from Columbia University, where he also completed his postbaccalaureate pre-medical studies. He is an avid martial artist, and most recently won silver at the Okinawa Karate Kobudo Championship in New York for black belt sparring in 2018. In his spare time, he enjoys philosophy, poetry, history, and music.
Ayobami “Ayo” Adebayo
Ayobami “Ayo” Adebayo is a rising M3 at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He attended the University of Maryland - College Park (UMD) where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Nutritional Sciences. After graduation, Ayo attended and completed Temple University’s one-year ACHS post-baccalaureate program in Philadelphia, PA. His clinical interests include: Ophthalmology. Aside from his medical studies, Ayo has been an ACE certified personal trainer since 2016. He is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys exercise and is passionate about the health and well being of the community.
Chinedu is a rising M3 at Drexel University College of Medicine. He hails from Nigeria and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science from the University of Pittsburgh. During his leisure time, Chinedu enjoys playing soccer, tennis, cooking, and volunteering in the community. He is clinically interested in Interventional Radiology.
Victor Jegede is a 2nd year medical student at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine (LKSOM). Originally from Nigeria, he was raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Victor received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Temple University in 2017. Afterwards he completed the ACMS Post- Baccalaureate program at LKSOM. Following completion of the program he worked for a year at the Center for Urban Bioethics at Lewis Katz School of Medicine. During his free time, Victor enjoys running, watching movies and exploring new places in Philadelphia. He has a current interest in both Plastic surgery and Emergency Medicine.
Nnamdi Ilonzo is a rising M3 at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He attended the Pennsylvania State University where he entered a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. He went on to earn a M.S. in Biomedical Sciences from PCOM. During my free time, he enjoys physical fitness and playing FIFA. Nnamdi's clinical interests lie in Anesthesiology and Interventional Radiology.
D’Andrew Gursay is a 2nd year medical student at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. He graduated from West Chester University in 2018 with a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. He is currently pursuing Temple’s dual degree program for MD/MA in Urban Bioethics. He is also the Community Service Chair for LKSOM student government. D’Andrew has a special interest in a surgical subspecialty. In the future, He hopes to use his degree to advocate for health policies to protect people in vulnerable communities.
Ogbonnaya Steven Okeorji
Ogbonnaya Steven Okeorji is a pre-med student with a Bachelor's degree in Adult and Organizational development from Temple University. Ogbonnaya works as a part time appliance salesman and spends his free time working out and volunteering with youth activities at his church. Ogbonnaya plans on applying to a post bacc program this year in hopes of attending medical school in the near future.
TJ Booth is currently a 1st Year Medical Student at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. Prior to medical school TJ completed the post-bacc program through Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Before the Post Bacc TJ attended Rowan University where he both competed in NCAA division III athletics and earned his bachelor’s degree. TJ has also served as a long-term substitute, teaching biology and as an assistant coach at his former high school. TJ is interested in becoming an interventional cardiologist.
Kwasi Aboagye is a rising M4 at Lewis Katz School of Medicine. He attended Prince George’s Community College for two years before transferring to the University of Miami where he received his B.A in Medical Anthropology. He received a Master's degree from Barry University and went on to work at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His clinical interests include Anesthesiology.
Tobi Salako is a rising M2 at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He attended Temple University for undergraduate and is a native to Toronto Ontario. Outside the classroom, Tobi enjoys physical fitness, community service, travel, and playing the Piano.
“Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.” Josh Shipp’s quote has one of the most powerful meanings, and thanks to the Tri-State Black Men in Medicine, I am able to continue my success story. My name is Jalen Sullivan and I am a fourth year, Biomedical Sciences student at the University of the Sciences. I am extremely thankful to be a part of this wonderful organization and I look forward to watching this organization prosper for the following years to come.