Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs is dedicated to supporting all medical students through their medical student journeys, from matriculation to graduation. Our services, resources, and programs offer holistic support to students as they grow as individuals and as future physicians. Our student services include academic support and tutoring, career advising, residency application support, counseling and wellness, financial aid and budgeting, enhancing the learning environment, and service learning opportunities. We are excited to work with each student as they move through their medical school career and are here for all students to offer help, support, and guidance along the way.

Helpful Links

Learning Environment Feedback Tool (aLERT)
Learning Environment website
Student Health and Wellness
What to do in case of a needlestick?

Meet the Student Affairs Team

Contact us if you have any questions about the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Gerald Tolbert

Gerald Tolbert, MD

Interim Associate Dean, Assistant Dean for Student Support

Maya Sardesai

Maya Sardesai, MD, MEd

Assistant Dean for Student Development

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Sarah Wood


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Jaël Allen

Assistant to the Student Affairs Deans

Edmel Ronquillo

Program Coordinator, Student Affairs

Melissa Zent

Melissa Zent

MSPE Manager

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Diane Noecker

Director, Financial Aid Office

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Shannon Advincula

Financial Aid Counselor

Leonora Clarke

Leonora Clarke

Assistant Director, Service Learning

Cliff Kelly

Cliff Kelly, MS, MDiv, LMHC

Director, Counseling & Wellness Services

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Nathalie Hovatta, MEd, LMHC

Counselor, Counseling & Wellness Services

Sarah Thomson

Sarah Thomson

Director, Career Advising

Linh Ngo

Linh Ngo

Career Advisor

Tonja Brown

Tonja Brown

Career Advisor

Erica Brice, PhD

Director, Academic Support

Yvonne Tyler

Yvonne Tyler, MD

Academic Learning Specialist

Melinda Frank

Melinda Frank

Director, Learning Environment

Karla Kelly

Karla Kelly, MD

Program Operations Specialist, Learning Environment

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Debbie Blackstone


Kristen Duvall

Registration Specialist

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Iryna Novachuk

Registration Specialist