Med Intima Editorial Board
QeeQee Gao is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Med Intima. Inspired by her love for storytelling and interest in the humanistic dimension of medicine, QeeQee created Med Intima in fall 2018 during her first year of medical school to be a haven for creativity and expression. In her future career, she hopes to combine her love for humanities and science with policy and innovation to recreate the health care landscape. Outside of school, QeeQee enjoys learning languages, listening to podcasts, and playing piano. She graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in biology.
Nate Cameron graduated from Kansas State University in the fall of 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. His background includes experiences in education, working as a tutor and paraeducator, as well as involvement in medical research as a Parker B. Francis Fellow at KUMC. As Editor-in-Chief for Med Intima, he hopes to continue exploring the connections between medicine and literature, and learn from the creativity of his peers. Nate is also looking forward to complementing his literary background with the world of medical knowledge during his time as a student. In his free time, he enjoys reading, running, and anything to do with Kansas City Chiefs football.
Angela is an Editor-in-Chief for Med Intima and a current M1 at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She graduated from the University of Kansas in the spring of 2019 with a bachelor’s in Biology and a bachelor’s in Visual Arts, with a concentration in metalsmithing. As someone who has been involved in the arts from a young age, Angela hopes to continue to explore her own creativity as well as the creativity of her classmates and showcase those various skills and interests through Med Intima. When she has a chance to breathe, Angela enjoys cooking, drawing, and singing in the shower.
Kate Dixon graduated from Kansas State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences and a minor in Biology. Following graduation, she worked at KUMC as a research assistant, helping with public health research in the Family Medicine Research Division. Dixon later moved to Washington, DC to pursue her MPH at the George Washington University and gain experience in health policy. She has worked in various health and nutrition policy roles in both the public and private sectors over the last two years, but is excited to be back in the world of medicine as an M1. She looks forward to building upon her writing experience through Med Intima and helping others have their voices be heard. For fun, Dixon loves doing yoga, cooking, trying not to kill her herb plants, and pretending she still has athletic ability through volleyball and basketball.
Linzy Kirkpatrick is a Literature Editor of Med Intima. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2011 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and Anthropology. In the Summer of 2013, she conducted bioarchaeology research in Peru to understand the architectural context of a Chanka burial site. After fulfilling her archaeological whims, she focused her efforts on medicine to make an impact on the present rather than preserve the past. Linzy’s love for the written word spans from Neil Gaiman and Zadie Smith, to Sam Beckett and Lawrence Ferlinghetti; her own poetry explores the sonic attributes of verse and internal metaphor. In her free time, Linzy enjoys listening to jazz, experimental baking, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.
Joshua is a Literature Editor of Med Intima. After a perfectly unremarkable childhood growing up in Amarillo, Texas, Joshua graduated in 2019 from Hendrix College, where he double-majored in Health Sciences and Spanish while simultaneously discovering that his life’s great passion is actually writing. He spent the year between undergraduate and medical school finishing his first novel manuscript, working as a volunteer translator, and launching a creative-writing blog (which his mom thinks is awesome). His other hobbies include making a podcast with his two siblings, weightlifting (though he has little to show for it), and fooling the world into thinking he’s a functioning adult.
Lisa graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in 2013. Her background includes working as Clinical Director for a non-profit primary care clinic in KC and, most recently, working as a Research Assistant in the Biochemistry/Molecular Biology department at KUMC. Lisa discovered her passion for writing after blogging her experience as a foster parent and realizing that sharing stories is a powerful way to educate and reach others. As an M1, she is excited to join the Med Intima team and combine her love for medicine and writing to help others share their own stories. Outside of school, Lisa is an overly passionate KC sports fan and can usually be found cheering on the Jayhawks, Chiefs, SKC, and Royals with her husband and two dogs.
Ram Sivakumar is a Narrative Editor for Med Intima. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and is currently an M1 at the Kansas University Medical Center School of Medicine. Whenever he has free time, Ram enjoys learning about technology, watching NBA basketball, and listening to music. In addition, he enjoys art, whether it be through writing, painting or photography. By joining Med Intima, he hopes to not only share his own creative voice but allow others on the Kansas University campus to share their own ideas and creations with the community. Outside of Med Intima, Ram is also involved on the KUMC Student Diversity Council.
Kimia Memar is a Narrative Editor for Med Intima. She had already set her mind on going to medical school long before she graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. She then got a Master of Science in Bioengineering at KU, conducting research in Hoglund Brain Imaging Center, where Dr. Kathleen Gustafson and her team taught her all the tricks to doing clinical trial research.
As a medical student, she is fascinated every day by what she learns in class. In her free time, she reads, bakes, and practices Yoga. Through working with Med Intima, she hopes to channel her personal concerns and curiosities about today’s medicine and the vision the current medical community holds for what it could become. In addition, she looks forward to learning from this creative team and the wonderful work they have done so far.
Helen Peng is an Art Editor for Med Intima. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a minor in political science in 2019, and is a current M1. She has played the violin for over 10 years and continues to play in the Kansas City Medical Arts Symphony as a way to stay involved in the arts and bring music to the community. In her free time, she also loves to paint, cross-stitch, read books, and stare at her beloved cat, Frank. Helen is excited to join the Med Intima team as an art editor and help showcase the many talents of her colleagues!
Hosain Ghassemi is an Art Editor of Med Intima. His background includes work on several educational, story based, and artistic projects as a member of his college’s animation studio. Most recently, Hosain worked as an Americorps member in Chicago, supporting students as they made the transition from high school to college. Through Med Intima, Hosain hopes to see how art can help explore and explain medicine. In his spare time, Hosain enjoys learning new recipes, watching good movies, and running. He graduated from Middlebury College in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and biochemistry.
Alexandra Davidson is an Art Editor of Med Intima and is a current M1. She graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Systems Engineering with an emphasis in Biology and a minor in Physics in December of 2019. Her background includes Phlebotomy training and certification, working as a Learning Assistant in K-State Physics studios, working as a Research & Development Engineer for the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Brand at SC Johnson, and working on the Pet Wearables Project at Hill’s Pet Nutrition. From a young age, Alexandra incorporated art into her everyday life through dance, piano, scrapbooking, making holiday wreaths, nail art, and makeup art. When she has time, she still enjoys these activities, as well as working on home improvement projects with her husband and her cat, Zephyr, who always wants to lend a paw.
Meghan Hollingsworth is the Media and Communications Director for Med Intima. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 2020 and is currently an M1 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Through Med Intima she hopes to help showcase her peers artistic talents and emphasize the important role that art plays in medicine. In her free time, Meghan enjoys drawing, painting, and spending time with her friends and family.
Nathan Stacy was a Literature Editor of Med Intima. He graduated from Benedictine College in 2017 with a degree in Biology, and is a current M2. He is concurrently pursuing a Master of Health Service Administration through KU. Nathan’s interests include woodworking, playing piano, writing, and reading. His specific literary interests include the history of thought, critique of culture, and the Western Canon. His theory of editing is simple: “Write well, so I do not have to edit anything.” He would be happy to talk to pretty much anyone about pretty much anything. So feel free to reach out to him, if you wish.
Lauren Zeller was an Art Editor of Med Intima. She graduated from Washburn University in 2017 with both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, and is a current M2 at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. In her future career, Lauren hopes to become a Pediatric Endocrinologist and work closely with the LGBTQ community to advocate for trans patients that require hormonal interventions to transition. When she isn’t busy with schoolwork, Lauren finds peace tending to her array of plants, cuddling her cat, and losing herself in a good movie.
Daniel Rittle is a designer for Med Intima. He is a current M2 in the M.D./Ph.D. Program here at KU. Prior to matriculation, he received his Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering and minor in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis in 2018. Because of Daniel’s love for the wonder evoked by each of the many forms of creativity, he relishes the opportunity to serve in the outlet for creativity that Med Intima affords. For similar reasons, Daniel is fascinated by the whimsical architecture of Frank Ghery. In his free time, Daniel enjoys spending time at the local church, drawing, and folding origami. Daniel also enjoys the opportunities to serve others through on-campus organizations in both Christian Medical Fellowship and Phi Delta Epsilon.