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, credentialing and compliance support, financial aid and budgeting, enhancing the learning environment, proactive advising, registration and scheduling, 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.

Meet the Student Affairs Team

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


Deans & Administration

Gabe Sarah, M.D., M.Ed.

Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Maya Sardesai, M.D., M.Ed.

Assistant Dean for Student Development

Erik Malmberg, Ph.D., J.D.

Assistant Dean for Equity & Medical Student Engagement

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Andrea Walker

Assistant to the Deans

Academic Support

Erica Brice, Ph.D.

Director, Academic Support

Yvonne Tyler

Yvonne Tyler, M.D.

Academic Learning Specialist

Rebekah Freed, Ph.D.

Academic Learning Specialist

Career Advising

Sarah Thomson

Sarah Thomson

Director, Career Advising

Tonja Brown

Tonja Brown

Career Advisor

Linh Ngo

Linh Ngo

Career Advisor

Compliance & Visiting Students

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Laura Ellis

Director, Compliance

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Dimitri Tsakalos

Compliance & VSLO Manager

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Yoonseo Nam

Student Assistant /

Counseling & Wellness

Cliff Kelly

Cliff Kelly, M.S., M.Div., L.M.H.C.

Director, Counseling & Wellness Services

Darren Fisher, M.A., L.M.H.C.A.


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Satoko Takeda, M.A., L.M.H.C., N.C.C.



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M. Yvonne Taylor, Ph.D.

Director, Medical Student Equity

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Michele Nucci

Operations Specialist

Financial Aid

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Diane Noecker

Director, Financial Aid Office

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Stephanie Olsen

Assistant Director for SOM Scholarships

Jessica Wu

Financial Aid Counselor

General Student Services

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Sarah Wood


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Laura Ortiz

Assistant Director, Student Affairs

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Melissa Riesland

MSPE Specialist

Melissa Zent

Melissa Zent

MSPE Manager

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Nia Ransom

Program Coordinator

Learning Environment

Melinda Frank

Melinda Frank, Ed.D, Ed.S., M.Sc.

Director, Learning Environment

Karla Kelly

Karla Kelly, M.D.

Program Operations Specialist, Learning Environment

Registration & Scheduling

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Debbie Blackstone, Ph.D.


Kristen Duvall

Registration Specialist

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Iryna Novachuk

Registration Specialist

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Swan Nguyen

Program Coordinator

Kelly Rush

Proactive Advisor

Service Learning

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Ellen Tan

Assistant Director, Service Learning

Dana Nakashima

Community Engagement Coordinator

Open Positions in Student Affairs

Thank you for your interest in joining our team. Please see our current opportunities below. All positions are based in-person in Seattle, Washington unless otherwise noted.