Creating sustainable solutions to address the world's growing burden of cancer
Board of Directors
Benjamin Li, MD, MBA
Dr. Li founded Rayos Contra Cancer with a vision to connect existing talent, technology, and resources to create a sustainable and scalable solution to the growing burden of cancer globally. He studied Physics at Harvard University before attending Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he received a certification in Global Health and obtained his Healthcare MBA from Owen Graduate School of Management. He completed his medicine internship at St. Mary’s Medical Center and is a current resident in radiation oncology at the University of California San Francisco.
He is a member of ASTRO, ASCO, and the Society for Palliative Radiation Oncology and serves on the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO) Global Health Subcommittee. He has traveled in Latin America and Asia and is passionate about serving the poor and motivating others to shine.
Shaurya Bajpai, MD
Dr. Bajpai is a Surgical Oncologist/Healthcare Entrepreneur who believes in the power of collaboration and is passionate about creating an ecosystem for easily accessible, sustainable, and output-oriented healthcare. He studied medicine at H.N.B.G University and completed his residency in General Surgery from D.A.V.V University in India. He is trained in Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery and has worked extensively in one of the world’s high incidence areas for oral cancer, Uttar Pradesh, India.
After completing his training, he worked as a Consultant Surgeon/Associate Director at a tertiary health center and co-founded a telemedicine initiative, Health Mitr, for oral cancer patients. He is part of MBA class of 2020 at Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University.
He is a member of The Association of Surgeons of India and has collaborated with international NGOs such as Sightsavers and HelpAge on key healthcare projects in India and Africa.
Serguei Castaneda, MD
Director of Research
Dr. Castaneda is a Radiation Oncologist at Jefferson University. Originally from Colombia, he understands the potential for collaboration and connectivity to address gaps in care. He studied medicine at La Universidad de Antioquia, then was awarded a post-doc Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University. Dr. Castaneda is a radiation oncologist with an expertise in global health who completed his residency at Hahnemann Hospital.
He served as a leader on the ARRO Global Health Subcommittee and founded the Mutual Mentorship program connecting residents across the globe in radiation oncology. He is a member of ASTRO, is active with Radiating Hope and is involved in research and work to improve radiotherapy in developing nations around the world.
Oluwadamilola Oladeru, MD, MA
Director of Education
Director of Impact Analysis
Dr. Oladeru is a Radiation Oncology Resident Physician who is driven by her experiences growing up in Nigeria and the vision of eliminating global cancer care disparities and providing palliative care services in neediest parts of the world where patients often die in pain and without dignity.
She attended Yale University for premedical and graduate studies. She later graduated from Stony Brook University School of Medicine, during which she participated in Radiating Hope (Tanzania) and made a commitment to participate in initiatives that improve access to cancer care. She completed her medical internship at NYU Winthrop Hospital and is currently a PGY-4 Radiation Oncology Resident at Harvard where she is involved in ongoing prospective and retrospective studies aimed at improving patient and clinical outcomes.
She is a member of ASTRO, ASCO, ABS and currently serves on the Global Health Subcommittee of the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology. She is trained in health care management and leading organizations.
Alexander Sherry, BS
RCC Chapter National Co-President
Alexander is a fourth year Vanderbilt University medical student who believes that all patients with cancer should have access to high-quality, affordable, and personalized care. Before attending medical school, he majored in Chemistry and Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a minor in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. After completing medical school, he plans to pursue a residency in radiation oncology.
He is a member of ASTRO, ASCO, AMA, and TropicalClinics for Rural Health Alumni Association.
Layth Mula-Hussain, MD
Dr. Layth "Yahya Ibrahim" Mula-Hussain is a physician with experience in the oncology academia and community service. Receiving internship and clinical oncology training from Mosul (Ninevah-Iraq), he then joined the radiation oncology residency program at the King Hussein Cancer Center (Amman-Jordan) and the Tom Baker Cancer Center in Calgary, Canada as a Fellow. He is the founding Chairman of the first radiation oncology training-board program in Kurdistan and Iraq in 2013. In 2015 and 2016, he served as the Chairman of the Best of ASTRO Iraq meetings and the convener of the Multi-Disciplinary Oncology Course in Iraq. Additionally, he has a Masters of Science in Advanced Oncology and was the first Middle-Eastern ESTRO Fellow.
He also acted as an expert within the imPACT IAEA team in Pakistan and a trainer in the Awareness Without Borders campaign in Sudan. In June 2016, he became a member of the ASCO International Affairs Steering Committee. Since July 2017, he has worked within the community radiation oncology program at the Cross Cancer Institute (Edmonton-Canada).
Dante Roa, Ph.D.
Dr. Roa is a Medical Physicist whose primary interest has always been to develop and utilize the latest technology in radiation therapy to deliver the most efficient and effective treatment to a patient. For this purpose, he has worked in the implementation and dosimetric validation of a volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) treatment technique for stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) which can offer patients precise and faster SRS treatments. He has given numerous presentations and webinars on the use of VMAT highlighting his experiences of its efficacy.
Furthermore, Dr. Roa teaches physics to radiation oncology (MDs) and medical physics residents (PhDs), a rewarding and stimulating experience. He embraces and pushes synergies formed by clinical perspectives, which often differs from the analytical approach that characterizes the physics field.
He is a member of ALATRO, ALFIM, ASTRO, and the AAPM, and has received accolades for his extensive experience throughout Latin America promoting the safe and effective development for radiotherapy centers.
Garvin Gonzalez, MD
Dr. Gonzales is known locally to treat each of his patients like family. His vision for radiation oncology is that all patients receive equal humane, high-quality treatment that current technology affords. He completed his residency at el Instituto Nacional de Cancerologia in Bogotá, Colombia, where he was trained in 3D-CRT, IMRT, VMAT, SRS, and SBRT treatment techniques and practiced 3D-brachytherapy. He currently is a radiation oncologist in Barranquilla, Colombia. He aspires to make an impact not just at the local level, but nationally and internationally.
He is a member of la Asociación Colombiana de Radioterapia Oncológica and ALATRO and engaged with ESTRO.
Samuel Trump, BA
RCC Chapter National Co-President
Samuel Trump is a fourth-year Vanderbilt University medical student who is passionate about addressing health disparities in both local and global communities. He majored in neuroscience at Vanderbilt University and plans to obtain a global health certificate with his MD.
He is currently conducting research with the Homeless Health Service at VUMC to analyze health outcomes among Nashville’s homeless population. He has also been involved in the administration of Hepatitis A vaccinations on the streets of Nashville as Director of Community Outreach at Shade Tree Clinic. He is president of Vanderbilt’s chapter of Physicians for Human Rights and a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and he plans to pursue a residency in internal medicine.
Joshua Anderson, BS
Director of Logistics and Partnerships
Josh Anderson attends Vanderbilt University School of Medicine as a Class of 2020 M.D. candidate, and he plans to pursue a career in radiation oncology. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in General Business.
He has participated in multiple medical mission trips to Latin American countries and is passionate about collaborating with international providers with the goal of improving the delivery of cancer care.
Daniel Wakefield, MD
Dan Wakefield is chief resident physician in radiation oncology at the University of Tennessee and a MPH student at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is a researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in pediatric radiotherapy, and has focused his MPH thesis on RT disparities globally and in the Southern USA. He is passionate about health services and implementation science with a focus on operational quality improvement.
Current Project Managers
Betty Chang, BA
Project Manager, Nashville
Betty Chang is a Vanderbilt graduate with a B.A. in Neuroscience and in Spanish. For the last 4 years, she has been conducting research into disorders related to motivational dysregulation and addiction. Her involvement in college centered around the pillars of mentorship, teaching, and community service and these continue to drive her commitments today.
Through time volunteering in clinics that aim to serve the uninsured population in Nashville, she has seen the devastating effects of inequality in healthcare access. As a project manager for Rayos Contra Cancer, she hopes to gain more insight into how improving radiation treatment can better the patient experience in low- and middle-income countries around the world. She is currently applying to medical school and is excited to gain knowledge about global health issues so that she can be more equipped to help solve them in the future.
Sameeksha Malhotra, BA
Project Manager, Nashville
Sameeksha Malhotra is a Vanderbilt graduate with a B.A. in Neuroscience & Medicine, Health, and Society. She holds a firm belief that healthcare is a human right, and is interested in working in medically marginalized communities that do not have access to this necessity.
She has experience volunteering in the Fundacion Psicologia Integral Basted clinic in Quito, Ecuador, where she developed a thesis on the rates of drug abuse and sexual health education in Ecuadorian adolescents. She hopes to use this knowledge of the Latin American healthcare system in her role as Project Manager to help drive Rayos Contra Cancer forward. She is currently applying to medical school, and hopes to use this gap year to set a foundation for her career in global health.
Previous Project Managers
Jackie Hao, BS
Jackie Hao is a Vanderbilt graduate with a B.S. in Cellular & Molecular Biology and a minor degree in Psychology. He has conducted research in nucleosome assembly and its role in cancer and genome stability. Before graduating, he also helped organize the single largest fundraising event planned at Vanderbilt.
As an immigrant born in China, he has seen and experienced the disparity in healthcare and its impact on those that reside in medically underserved communities. He served as an outstanding project manager for Rayos Contra Cancer in 2018-2019 with the drive to alleviate the burden of cancer in low-resource areas. Now in medical school, he hopes to expand the network of this global health initiative to the next chapter of his medical training.