Justin D’Addario was elected to the ACU Board of Directors in January and officially begins service starting this month. Currently a medical student at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, D’Addario is on track to graduate in 2017. He received his bachelor’s degree with a double major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University at Albany – State University of New York and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Prior to medical school, Justin worked as an undergraduate researcher and volunteer at several laboratories in Albany, NY and in Slingerlands, NY. Justin has a strong desire to pursue health care delivery and has a penchant to achieve social equality. ACU is excited to have him join the Board of Directors as a Student Member.
Justin currently resides in Stony Brook, NY where he continues his education as a medical researcher. He also served with AmeriCorps where he directed health education classes for patients and community members that were pregnant, nursing or had chronic diseases. Justin also documented, researched and assessed the cognitive function of HIV positive patients and assisted in the organization of ACU’s Health IT and the Underserved Conference in 2013. D’Addario has a demonstrated commitment to give back to the community and has a broad view of health care work ranging from mental health patients, pharmaceutical work, recreational therapy and more.
As D’Addario continues his education he will explore methods to promote a nation where society continues towards further social equality; healthcare as a specific niche. Furthermore, his personal endeavor in medical school is to promote stronger investments in public education and an increase the socioeconomic status of the general population, in prospect to be the most effective way to remedy our social, cultural and economic problems. When asked what he has learned in life, D’Addario responded, “I’ve learned that if you chase what’s important in life, such as family, friends and happiness the less important things, like money and status and success — will all follow suit. The hardest part is not losing focus of what is important.”
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