Barbara was born in Beirut, Lebanon and she moved to the USA in 2003. Growing up, she frequently found herself lost in the tumultuous airs of war, as bullets were ringing by and rockets fell around her home. When the streets of Lebanon filled with victims, she witnessed the medical professionals in her family rushing to their rescue, opening up their clinics to care for the sick and the wounded, sometimes without electricity, and she vowed to complete her own journey dedicated to serving the ill when they need it the most. Barbara studied Biology at the University of Texas at Dallas, and subsequently pursued a Master of Science in Biotechnology at Johns Hopkins University. She is currently a medical student in her third year at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and she hopes to become an OB/Gyn.
Barbara SaberTeam Captain
Emily OnuferTeam Member
Emily is an energetic beach girl from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She went to MIT and studied biological engineering with a minor in business management. While working in the biomedical industry, she realized that she wanted to explore the political realm of health industry, and pursued her MPH at Dartmouth. Her thesis focused on the health outcomes of mothers and newborns in perinatal home visits programs by nurses and trained professionals. She then decided to go to medical school back home in Virginia and is currently a third year student at VCU. She is active in the student government and was recently elected president. She has been working on various research projects and she volunteers in the community. Emily also participates in an honors program assisting underserved populations internationally and locally. She is interested in working with pediatric populations in the future.
Jeff GrahamTeam Member
Although born and raised in Cape May, New Jersey, Jeff considers himself a good ole southern boy at heart, spending most of his life in Williamsburg, Virginia. He passed the majority of his adolescent years in an ominous battle, with nothing but a golf club in hand, preparing for an undoubtable failure as a professional golfer. After years of defeat, he realized it would prove more valuable to battle fires, leading him to the local fire station. Through this experience, Jeff fortuitously discovered his passion for medicine and the privilege that the title of physician carries. While living in Guatemala, he witnessed the pure, inhumane disparities that are all too prevalent around the world. Motivated by his passion and experiences, he is now preparing to fight a different battle, one in which defeat will not be an option. In his free-time, Jeff enjoys reading, hiking and jamming with his buddies in their rock band, Bacchus Rawkus.
Supraja RajagopalanTeam Member
Supraja Rajagopalan is an Iowa native and a third year medical student at Virginia Commonwealth University. From a young age, Supraja was taught that with a dedicated focus and a determination to succeed impossibilities become possible. Her passion for participating in the global community began with her family’s yearly trips to India, and their constant emphasis that we all share in the responsibility to care for one another. Supraja plans on pursuing a career as an OBGYN, and hopes to use these skills to empower women globally. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, learning new languages, and curling up with her adorable kitties and some Tolstoy.