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Executive Board

  • Alexander Meshel

    Alexander is a junior in Columbia College majoring in psychology. He joined CUEMS in the fall of 2015, served as the Director's Lieutenant in the fall of 2016, and has been serving on the Medical Board since June 2016.
  • Thomas Miller

    Tom is a junior in GS majoring in astrophysics. He joined CUEMS in the fall of 2015. Besides CUEMS, he is an intern at the New York Task Force 1 - Urban Search and Rescue Team.
  • Adam Fasman

    Adam is a sophomore in CC double majoring in biology and medicine, literature, and society. He joined CUEMS in the spring of 2016. Besides CUEMS, he is a member of the Philolexian Society and helps curate submissions for their literary magazine, Surgam. In his free time, he likes to watch basically any TV show, go for runs, and paint.
  • Mia Saade

    Mia is a sophomore in SEAS majoring in Biomedical Engineering. She joined CUEMS in the spring of 2016 and served as the Personnel’s Lieutenant in the fall of 2016. Outside of CUEMS, she is a New York State EMT skills instructor. In her free time, she can be found watching dance videos on YouTube, napping, and trying out restaurants in New York City.
  • Nikola Danev

    Member At Large
    Nikola is a sophomore at Columbia College majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior. He joined CU-EMS in the spring of 2017. His other campus engagements include research at CUMC, fraternity life, and the Columbia University Student Health Advisory Committee.
  • Dr. Mary E. O'Brien

    Medical Director
    Dr. Mary O'Brien serves as the medical director for CUEMS and joined Columbia Health in 1993. Prior to joining Columbia Health, Mary worked as the Associate Director of the emergency room at St. Luke's Hospital. She attended Vassar College and obtained her M.D. at Harvard Medical School, and completed the necessary coursework for a M.P.H. in Health Administration at Columbia University.
  • Joe M DeGise

    Administrative Liaison
    Joe DeGise serves as the Administrative Liaison for CUEMS and joined Columbia Health in the fall of 2009. Prior to joining Columbia Health, Joe was an operations executive, specializing in healthcare-facility management and plant operations. Joe is proud to be the friend and trainer of a German shepherd-therapy dog named Drummer.
  • Dr. Ali Islam

    Associate Medical Director
    Dr Islam serves as the Associate medical director of CUEMS and joined Columbia Health in July 2013. . Ali is an experienced clinician, having spent his career practicing as a family physician in Westchester County prior to joining Columbia Health. Ali completed his family-practice residency at Plainview Hospital in Plainview, New York. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he served as an EMT, as well as Stuyvesant High School.

Medical Board

  • Alexander Meshel

  • Thomas Miller

  • Adam Fasman

  • Mia Saade

  • Marcelina Puc