American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

Young Physicians Subcommittee Members

Jonathan D. Leffert, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU

AACE President

Dallas, TX

Ricardo Correa, M.D.


Warren, RI

Assistant Professor of Medicine for the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in the department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. He is the chair of the young physician subcommittee of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist (YPS-AACE). Also he is editor of Dynamed and outreach unit director of and Thyroid manager.

He completed his Medical School and Education Master at University of Panama. He completed a research fellowship in Epidemiology and Tropical disease at ICGES in Panama City and his internal medicine residency at Jackson Memorial hospital-University of Miami (UM) program. In 2012, he was honored with the AOA and GoldDOC Award from the UM. Then he pursued his clinical and research fellowship in endocrinology with special focus in neuroendocrinology and adrenals at National Institute of Health. He was trained in Evidence-based Medicine at McMaster University in Canada and in Editorial process and OJS by LATINDEX. He is co-director of the Panamanian Cochrane Center and EBM advocate.

Dr. Correa has been involved in organized medicine since medical school. He has been scientific committee chair and vice speaker for the AMA-RFS, chair of the CoA for the ACP FC, Board of Trustee of the Maryland Medical Society, National Secretary of the CoA for the NHMA, Regional Vice President of the CIR, Medical Education Officer of JDN-WMA. He has been involve with local, regional and national organization in the area of medical education, leadership and physician wellbeing including the AMA joy in medicine organization, ACGME at different level including the duty hour task force, NBME as part of the board, NBPAS and other organization.

At AACE and ACE Dr. Correa has occupied different position from been the fellow-in-training board of director member to member and advisor of multiple committees throughout the years.

Dr. Correa has been involved in multiple academic, scientific and educational activities including article Consultant, Interpretation of the Medical Literature Project, NBME, International Committee member of the Committee on publications ethics (COPE), World Association of Medical Editors, Deputy Editor of International Archives of Medicine, Editorial board and peer reviewer of multiple journals including Annals of Public Health, PAHO journal, SGIM journal, International Journal of Endocrinology, International Journal of Diabetes, International Journal of Clinical Cases and Images, International journal of case reports, etc. Also he is consultant for Latinamerican science center including Bolivia and Panama national science department.

He is board certified in Medical Quality. He is the author of the book title “Case report: basics and publication”. His research is focus on neuroendocrinology mainly on pituitary and adrenal tumor and new genetic mutations.

M. Kathleen Figaro, MD, MS, FACE


Bettendorf, IA

Chris K. Guerin, MD FNLA FACE

Ex Officio

Oceanside, CA

Dr. Guerin is an Endocrinologist practicing in San Diego, CA. Following his Residency and Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, he was a Post-Doctoral Scholar of the NIH.

Currently he is Chief of Endocrinology at Tri-City Medical Center and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSD. He is the Immediate Past-President of the California Chapter of AACE, and serves on the National Board of Directors and is Chair of the Chapters Committee. He is involved in Clinical Research and Education, as well as Patient Care. He has a personal interest regarding prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in patients with Diabetes.

His non-medical interests are his family, windsurfing, mountain biking, and reading, in that order.

Harmeet Singh Narula, MD, FACP, FACE


Peoria, AZ

Aakif Ahmad, DO


La Jolla, CA

Aakif Ahmad, DO, is a graduate of University of Florida. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from LECOM. Prior to joining the Endocrinology Division at Scripps Health, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Lehigh Valley Health Network followed by a fellowship in Endocrinology at Scripps Clinic – La Jolla, California.

Dr. Ahmad practices general Endocrinology with a clinical interest in thyroid disorders and diabetes mellitus. He believes in educating patients to assist in allowing patients to make informed decisions. His goal is to provide patient centered care in the rapidly changing field of medication and technology by treating his patients as partners in health care.

When away from work, he enjoys traveling with his wife and trying new restaurants.

Diana Alba, MD


San Francisco, CA

Diana Alba, MD, received her medical degree from New York Medical College in 2010. She completed internal medicine residency training at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital before going to The University of California San Francisco for fellowship training in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. She joined Dr. Suneil Koliwad lab in July 2014, where she has spearheaded the development of the Inflammation, Diabetes, Ethnicity and Obesity (IDEO) cohort, a well-characterized group of adults across three distinct ethnic groups (Hispanic, Chinese, and Caucasian) living within the San Francisco Bay Area and representing an exceptionally wide range of body mass index (BMI) values. She has a particular interest in the molecular mechanisms underlying obesity, and has focused her attention on better understanding how these mechanisms can be used to derive precise, personalized, and ethnically specific biomarkers, preventative strategies, and therapeutic approaches for clinical use.

Rod Marianne Arceo-Mendoza


Carol Stream, IL

Melany Castillo, MD


McAllen, TX

Amber L. Champion, MD


North Platte, NE

Dr. Amber Champion is an Endocrinologist practicing in North Platte, Nebraska. She completed her Internal Medicine training in Spokane, WA and fellowship in Endocrinology at the University of Arizona. Prior to working in Nebraska, she was the director of a diabetes center in Baltimore, MD. She practices general Endocrinology and is passionate about diabetes treatment, diabetes prevention, and public health.

Andrew Demidowich, MD


Bethesda, MD

Dr. Demidowich received his Bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 2003 and his M.D. from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 2008. He completed his internal medicine residency training at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City in 2011, and subsequently came to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his endocrine fellowship training. Upon graduation in 2014, he joined the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) as a Staff Clinician and Associate Investigator. He is board-certified in internal medicine and endocrinology, and is licensed in Maryland.

Dr. Demidowich's research interests are in obesity, inflammation, and adrenal tumors. As a medical student, he was part of Dr. Steve Holland's team that discovered that mutations in the STAT3 gene were responsible for Job's Syndrome. He is currently studying methods to suppress obesity-induced inflammation and their effects on metabolic dysregulation. For this work, he won the 2014 Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD, Division of Intramural Research – Director’s Investigator Award. Additionally, working in the Stratakis Lab, he is interested in elucidating the different genotypes and phenotypes seen in primary aldosteronism. He is a first author or co-author of 25 publications and has served as a reviewer for several journals. In his spare time he enjoys playing ice hockey, hiking, and sailing.

Maya Fayfman, MD


Atlanta, GA

Dr. Maya Fayfman received her medical training at Boston University School of Medicine. She then did her Internal Medicine residency at Tufts Medical Center and completed her fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Emory University. She is now clinical faculty at Emory University School of Medicine. Her research interests include inpatient management of diabetes and hyperglycemia and hospital outcomes in racial minorities. She has been a member of AACE since fellowship and was excited to join the Young Physicians Committee.

Rodolfo Galindo, MD


Atlanta, GA

Dr. Galindo graduated from the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Havana, Cuba. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an Endocrinology fellowship at North Shore University Hospital, in New York. After fellowship, he joined the faculty of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in the role of Director of the Inpatient Diabetes Service, and the Medical Chair of the Diabetes Taskforce at Mount Sinai St. Luke and West Hospitals. He joined the Division of Endocrinology at Emory University in 2017, to work with his mentor Dr. Guillermo Umpierrez in expanding the Diabetes and Metabolism Research Center to new clinical sites. His research focused on management of diabetes in the hospital and post-transplantation diabetes (PTDM/NODAT). He is the recipient of numerous awards from the Endocrine Society, the American Diabetes Society, the Endocrine Fellows Foundation and the prestigious “Leo M. Davidoff Award” for outstanding teaching of Einstein’s medical students. He was the recipient of the FLARE award, sponsored by The Endocrine Society in 2014.

Vishnu V. Garla, MBBS


Jackson, MS

Dr.Vishnu Garla is currently an Assistant professor of medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi. He is also Pituitary clinic director (Endocrine) as well as the Endocrine rotation director for family medicine. He complete his medical school at JJM Medical College, Karnataka, India. He complete his residency in Internal medicine-Pediatrics at the Marshall University School of Medicine. After residency he completed an Endocrinology fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Dr.Garla has served as a chief resident for the Internal Medicine Pediatrics program at Marshall Univeristy,and has also been involved in the Graduate medical education committee. He has also been a part of the Endocrine Board Review Committee and the Young Physicians Subcommittee at AACE. Besides presenting at various national and regional conferences he has also published in several peer reviewed journals. He serves as a peer reviewer for many journals and is also a country associate editor for His current research interests are neuroendocrinolgy and bone & metabolic disorders.

Heather Huribal, MD, APRN, BC


Raleigh, NC

Akshay Jain, MD, CCD, FACE, ECNU


Calgary, AB

Joanna Miragaya, MD, PhD, FACE


Smyrna, GA

Dr Joanna Miragaya graduated from Valenca Medical School, Brazil. She then moved to the US, where she completed her PhD in Foods & Nutrition, focused on effects of acute stress on food and body regulation, at University of Georgia, GA. She did her Internal Medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital, followed by fellowship in Endocrinology & Metabolism at Wayne State University, both in Detroit, MI. She is certified on Radioactive Iodine through AACE pathway and received FACE in May 2016. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Emory University and was prior faculty member of Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Her focus is on diabetes and thyroid disorders.

Nisha Nathan, MD


Washington, DC

Nadine Palermo, DO


Newton, MA

Resmi Premji, MD


Pacific Grove, CA

Dr. Resmi Premji MD, is a board certified Endocrinologist. She graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from Amrita School of Medicine in India. Dr. Premji did her Internal Medicine residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/ Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital and her dedication and commitment earned her a chief residency position. She did her fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Premji has also done research on Diabetic Kidney Disease at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington DC. She has published in two peer reviewed journals and has presented at various scientific meetings including two National American College of Physicians and Endocrine Society conferences. In 2015, she was one of the six Endocrine fellows chosen nationally to participate in a National Institutes of Health training program organized by the Endocrine Fellows Foundation.

Anna C. A. Schiwek, MD FACE ECNU


Armonk, NY

Minisha Sood, MD FACE


New York, NY

Dr. Sood is an Assistant Professor at the Hofstra School of Medicine and a board-certified Endocrinologist. After receiving her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, she completed her residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at NYU Langone Medical Center. As a past Director of Inpatient Diabetes at Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Sood has extensive experience in developing and implementing policies and guidelines to create best practice for the management of inpatient Diabetes. In January 2017, Dr. Sood make the transition into private practice and is the co-founder of Fifth Avenue Endocrinology, PLLC in New York City.

Dr. Sood is an active member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the Endocrine Society. Named to Super Doctors® in the New York Times by her peers from 2014 to the present as well as Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2017. She has also been the recipient of the Leadership Award at Lenox Hill Hospital in 2014.

Johnson Thomas, MD


Springfield, MO

Dr. Thomas received his medical training from T.D. Medical college, Kerala, India. He completed his Internal Medicine residency and Endocrinology fellowship from Nassau University Medical Center, Long Island, New York. At present, he is the section chair of Mercy endocrinology clinic, Springfield, Missouri. He practices general endocrinology with a focus on thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer. Dr. Thomas has published in peer reviewed journals and has presented at national meetings. He has also written articles for healthcare magazines with a focus on emerging technologies. He is a recipient of Kenneth Simcic Award for Academic Excellence in Endocrinology. Dr. Thomas also created Endo Tools, an iPhone app for endocrinologist. He has been a part of AACE technology committee and membership committee.

Karyne L. Vinales, MD


Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Vinales received her M.D. in 2003 from the Federal University of Alagoas in Brazil. She did Internal Medicine residency and Endocrinology fellowship in Brazil, where she practiced Endocrinology prior to moving to the United States in 2008. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2013 and then her Endocrinology fellowship at University of Arizona medical Center at Phoenix/VA Health Care System in 2015. Dr. Vinales is currently a Clinical Research Fellow at the NIDDK, where she is committed to advancing the understanding of metabolism. Her research focuses on energy expenditure response to overfeeding and fasting, and how individual response to overfeeding and fasting predict weight gain over time (i.e., the thrifty and spendthrift phenotypes). Dr. Vinales is also part of the Endocrinology service of the VA Phoenix Medical Center, and is involved in the training of the Endocrinology fellows from the University of Arizona Medical Center at Phoenix.

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