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Advisory Council

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Jaya Aysola, MD, MPH

Dr. Aysola attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, completed a residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at William Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak, and is currently an assistant professor of medicine and assistant professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine. In addition to these clinical duties, she is the chair of Penn Medicine’s Health Equity Alliance and executive director for the Penn Medicine Center for Health Equity Advancement within the Office of the Chief Medical Officer.

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Ari Brooks, MD

Dr. Brooks attended medical school at Drexel University, completed his residency in general surgery at New York University, a fellowship in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and is currently a professor of clinical surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine. He is also director of endocrine and oncologic surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital, chief of breast surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and director of the surgery clerkship at the Perelman School of Medicine. 

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Jo Buyske, MD

Dr. Buyske attended medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, completed a residency in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is currently an adjunct professor of surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Buyske is the president and chief executive officer of the American Board of Surgery. She also serves on the board of directors for the American Board of Medical Specialties. 

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Carmen Guerra, MD, MSCE, FACP

Dr. Guerra attended medical school at the University of Rochester, completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital, and is currently the Ruth C. & Raymond G. Perelman Associate Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine. In addition to her clinical duties, she also serves as Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion of the Department of Medicine and Associate Director of Diversity and Outreach at the Abramson Cancer Center.

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Annette Silva, LPN

Ms. Annette Silva, LPN, has worked in community health and outreach as a clinical nurse for almost 30 years. Her bilingual (English/Spanish) and bicultural background (United States/Latin America) provides the ideal framework for her service in the Latino community. From 1992 to 2006, she worked as a community health nurse in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Since 2008, Annette has served as Puentes de Salud’s community nurse liaison, a position in which she actively engages in education programs, social services, and clinical care for underserved communities.

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