We are a small team of medical students with a wide range of skills, interests, and experience. We have a fantastic mentor, Dr. Kamran Mirza.

Nate Burstedt

Nate graduated in 2016 from Brigham Young University and is a current medical student at Loyola University Chicago. Between undergrad and medical school he volunteered full-time at the Maliheh Free Clinic in Salt Lake City through the Americorps VISTA program and he hopes to continue working with disadvantaged populations in his future medical career. He grew up in San Diego, and although he’s been studying in other states for the last 8 years he still retains a pretentious attitude about proper burrito composition.

Alek Druck

Alek graduated from Marquette University in 2017 and is a current medical student at Loyola University Chicago. Alek is involved in a variety of programs outside of his usual coursework, from investigating ways to augment the patient-physician relationship to working with underrepresented populations in the Chicagoland area. His hobbies include skiing, dirtbiking, and (re)learning how to play piano and guitar.

Josh Lewis

Josh completed his undergraduate and PhD studies at Brigham Young University before starting medical school at Loyola, earning him the “eternal student award”. Josh loves learning about and contributing to new research but is most excited about being able to use that knowledge to care for future patients.  In his free time, Josh loves spending time in the outdoors, running, hanging out with family and friends, and getting lost in a good book. 

Mara Peterson

An Arizona native, Mara graduated from ASU in 2016- Go Devils! She then bought the warmest coat she could find and moved to Chicago to attend medical school at Loyola. Outside of class, she is dedicated to learning about the healthcare needs of the veteran and homeless populations. She also plays cello in a local symphony and is trying to perfect her chocolate chip scone recipe.

Neal Sethi

A native of Southern California, Neal graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2016 and is a current medical student at Loyola University of Chicago. Between undergrad and medical school, he worked as a scribe for ScribeAmerica. Aside from his usual coursework, Neal is involved in research projects through medical school. He also enjoys playing and watching basketball (an avid Lakers fan), working out, and cooking.

Rasa Valiauga

Rasa graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 and spent four years as a research specialist studying retinogenesis and using stem cells as therapies for degenerative retinal diseases.  She is currently pursuing her MD/PhD dual degree at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine.  Rasa has leadership roles in numerous student organizations and is passionate about service, especially spending time with veterans at the Hines VA.  She has an adventurous spirit and loves trying out new activities, as well as throwing down in the kitchen.

Dave Lee

Dave graduated from Gonzaga University in 2014, and completed a master’s at Georgetown University in 2016. He is currently an MD/MPH student at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, and is passionate about addressing systemic health disparities in our communities. When he’s not at school, you can find Dave dancing, drawing, or hanging out on a trapeze.

All opinions expressed on the podcast are ours or those of our guests. This podcast is not endorsed by Loyola University Chicago and is not affiliated with the Stritch School of Medicine.

Special thanks to our mentor, Dr. Kamran Mirza. Check him out on Twitter: