Student Leaders

OMSW oversees the Student Wellness Leadership Team (SWLT), comprised of pre-clerkship and clerkship students who lead wellness programs for their peers. The team consists of several different committees, each focused on a different dimension of wellness (physical, emotional/spiritual, social, intellectual, professional). This group collaborates closely with the Stanford Medical Student Association Wellness Team, a group of students within the medical student governing body who also focus on promoting wellness. In 2014-2015, student wellness leaders have been instrumental in helping to plan OMSW’s major events and have also developed their own programs including reflection groups, a big sib program, and an advice guide for first-year students.


Mission & Vision

The Student Wellness Leadership Team (SWLT) are change agents within the School of Medicine, building a culture of holistic well‐being by developing initiatives that promote sense of belonging, student empowerment, and self-care. We empower medical students and the broader medical school community to reach their fullpotential and be bold in their commitment to self‐care and service to others.


Meet the SWLT

If you would like get involved, e-mail the relevant wellness leader!

Sheun Aluko, SMS3


  • I believe that the most effective change can be made when people who are passionate about an idea are empowered with the support to make it happen. That is why my commitment this year as the Stanford Wellness Leadership Team (SWLT) President is to help enable students to realize their wellness-related ideas using the resources that I have come to know at Stanford.
    If you are passionate about an idea for improving wellbeing at Stanford Medical School and would like support from like-minded individuals and an amazing staff, SWLT is perfect for you.  
  • Anything is fair game and all ideas are welcome. You can help with ongoing initiatives, including free yoga classes, open mic events, peer mentoring programs like Big Sib Little Sib and Ears for Peers,  Who knows how we can change Stanford Med for the better?

Victoria Boggiano, SMS4

  • E-mail:
  • Student Groups: Pacific Free Clinic, Primary Care Progress, Family Medicine Interest Group.
  • Research: Patient-centered care, homelessness in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
  • Career Goals:  Family medicine, Public Health.
  • Strategies for Maintaining Wellness in Medical School: Sleep! And walks outside to clear my head. 
  • Hobbies: Learning Vietnamese.

Julia Ransohoff, SMS4

  • E-mail:
  • Education:  Graduated from Harvard College in 2012 with a B.A. in stem cell and regenerative biology.  
  • Research: Member of the Paul Khavari's laboratory, where she is studying the regulation of epithelial differentiation and its alteration in disease states.
  • Career Goals:  A career in academic medicine, combining interests research, clinical, teaching, and community involvement.
  • Strategies for Maintaining Wellness in Medical School:  Running, yoga, exploring the Bay Area, and spending time with friends and family.

Madeline Grade, SMS3

  • E-mail:
  • Student Groups: Stanford Healthcare Consulting Group, Women and Medicine, Stanford Medical Student Association, Ultrasound Interest Group.
  • Research: Impact of primary care physicians on melanoma screening; multi-modal neuroimaging in epilepsy; mental health in former Soviet Union.
  • Career Goals:  Academic medicine, health policy.
  • Favorite Strategies for Wellness: Regular exercise, mindfulness meditation, openly communicating with classmates, climbing, hiking, busting moves on the dance floor!


Julie Koenig, SMS3

  • E-mail:
  • Student Groups: Women's Health Clinic at Arbor Free Clinic, Women and Medicine, ENT Interest Group, Tobacco-Free Stanford.
  • Research: Member of Olivier Gevaert's lab, where she is studying methylation in head and neck cancers.
  • Career Goals:  Academic medicine, currently interested in many fields including oncology and various surgical fields.
  • Strategies for Maintaining Wellness in Medical School: Running, laughing, and eating with fellow medical students.
  • Hobbies: Playing squash, hiking, yoga, exploring beautiful places and delicious restaurants with friends.

Anita Lowe, SMS3


Whitt Virgin-Downey, SMS4         

  • E-mail:
  • Student Groups: SWEAT, SWLT, REMT, Anesthesia Interest Group.
  • Research: HIV elite controller research at Ragon Institute of Harvard, MIT, & MGH. Stem cell development and gut microbiome research at Washington University in ST. Louis. 
  • Career Goals: Critical care, hospital administration, Doctors Without Borders.
  • Favorite Strategies for WellnessRunning, collecting music, ultimate frisbee, basketball, reading picture books and chapter books.


Bonnie Wong, SMS3