APAO Board of Directors

President

Richard Lindsay, PA-C

Richard Lindsay, PA-C

Richard first graduated from Long Island University – Southampton Campus with a degree in Marine Biology. He spent 20 years as an Associate Scientist studying marine mammal/fisheries interactions. His interests turned to medicine when a physician friend encouraged him to volunteer at a VA hospital where he worked in the Emergency Department. He returned to Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus to enter the Physician Assistant Program. He began his career in Internal Medicine working in an inner city clinic. After several years, he was asked to join a community Hematology/Oncology group. His interests then led him to his current position at MD Anderson Cancer Center. There, he is part of a strong PA team supporting the Department of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy. He is a student preceptor and PA resident advisor in the Dept. of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy. He also serves the institution as a member of the PA Senate. He has served APAO in a number of positions including Secretary, Chief Delegate, Treasurer, and Director – At- Large.


President-Elect

John Katsetos, PA-C

John Katsetos, PA-C

John Katsetos, PA-C is a graduate of Merrimack College (2009) where he received a B.S in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. He then went on to receive his M.S in Physician Assistant Studies at New York Institute of Technology in 2012. Upon graduation he has worked under current President Elect Jeremy Heinerich on the Acute Leukemia service at Weill Cornell Medical Center. He current now works at the CLL Research and Treatment Center at Northwell Heatlh. He previously served as membership chair of APAO from 2013-2015. His interests include sepsis in the neutropenic patient and palliative care in the oncology patient as he is an active member in the Physician Assistants in Palliative Care and Hospice Medicine. John recently spoke at the 2015 NYSSPA conference on acute leukemia and their common complications.


 Past President

Jeremy Heinerich, PA-C

Jeremy Heinerich, PA-C

Jeremy Heinerich is a graduate of the University of Saint Francis in Indiana from 2000.    He has been very active in the PA and oncology field since graduation with local, state and national chapters and specialty organizations.    He has been involved with APAO for over 10 years and served as Secretary, President, House of delegates rep and conference planning committee member.    He is currently the Chief PA of the Inpatient Oncology service at New York Presbyterian Cornell Medical center in New York City since 2006 and manages a staff of 50 PA’s.      He was the first PA in inpatient oncology and has watched the program grow.    He is constantly working to increase the opportunities for PA’s in all areas of practice.


Secretary

Cory Bazany


Treasurer

Apryl Sarabia, PA-C

Apryl Sarabia, PA-C

Apryl Sarabia is a graduate of Cornell University (2007) with a B.S. degree in Human Biology and a minor in International Relations. She worked at the Experimental Treatment Center of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in an administrative role for two years. In 2011 she graduated from Weill Cornell Graduate School with a M.S. degree in Healthcare Science for Physician Assistants. She worked as a BMT PA at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center for five years. After moving to Hawaii in 2016, she has been involved in environmental clean-up projects. She will be working at Hawaii Pacific Health – Straub Medical Center where she hopes to start and grow the inpatient Oncology APP role. She has been actively involved with the APAO since 2011 after receiving the APAO Student Scholarship Award. She previously served as the Secretary on the Board of Directors from 2015-2016 as well as the Scholarship Committee Chair from 2013-2015. 


Director-at-Large

Soonja Sawyer

Soonja is a graduate from Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program in Houston in 2002. She has been active in PA education and oncology since graduation.  She worked in the Department of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and was actively involved in the PA residency Program and the Student Oncology Elective Program while there. She served as the Program Coordinator for the Student Elective Oncology Program and was the Stem Cell Department PA resident advisor and Committee Member for the PA residency Program. Since that time, she has worked in the Myeloma Program at Northwestern University in Chicago and the Bone and marrow transplant department at Emory Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. Most recently, she is a part of a developing stem cell transplant program at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Newnan, Georgia. She has served as a student preceptor and acted as adjunct faculty for Baylor College of Medicine and Midwestern University PA Programs in Houston and Downers Grove, Illinois respectively. She has also been a member of AAPA and APAO for several years. 


Director-at-Large

Steven Wei, MS, MPH, PA-C

Steven Wei, MS, MPH, PA-C

Steven Wei is a graduate of the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) PA program in 1999 and received his Master in Public Health from the University of Texas School Of Public Health in 2006.  He has worked in the department of surgical oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center for over 16 years, and currently serves as an Advanced Practice Provider Supervisor in the GI surgical service.
Steve has been actively involved in APAO for several years, and previously served in the role as President (2011-2012), Scholarship Chair, and Co-Chair for the Scottsdale annual meeting in 2012.  He currently serves as an adjunct clinical instructor for BCM PA program, as well as the Program Director for the PA Student Elective Oncology Rotation at MD Anderson.  Steve also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Advanced Practitioners in Oncology (JADPRO).  He has co-authored numerous publications, and is a frequent speaker on the topic of HPB tumors at national and international meetings.


AAPA House of Delegates and AAPA/APAO Liaison to ASCO

Heather Hylton, PA-C

Heather Hylton, PA-C

Heather Hylton is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program and completed the MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Postgraduate Physician Assistant Program in Oncology. She worked for more than six years at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplant and joined Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 2012 as the Lead Physician Assistant for the Department of Medicine.
She has served as the CME and Education Chair for the APAO and has also served as co-chair for the Boston, Amelia Island, and Chicago APAO conferences. Outside of the APAO, she is actively involved with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), serves on the Advisory Panel for Cancer.Net, and also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology.


Student Representative

Victoria Chavez

Victoria Chavez

Victoria Marie Chavez was born and raised in Miami, FL. She fluent in both English and Spanish and knows some French. She is currently a 2nd year PA student at Miami Dade College as well as the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants Student Chair.  She was selected to be one of the 17, 2016-2017 Student Delegates for the AAPA House of Delegates. Victoria is a member of the American Society of Hematology, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Advocacy Committee, AAPA Advocacy and Policy Student Group, and the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology. She is also working alongside Faculty Members and fellow classmate Isabelle Beekhuizen as Project Seed Co-Chair for this year’s Project Seed event. She competed as a member of the MDC Junior Team in FAPA’s 2016 Challenge Bowl and was selected to represent her school as well as perform prostate cancer screenings at this years’ Black Men’s Health Summit.  When she is not studying, Victoria enjoys Painting, Reading, Singing and Shadowing her fiancé who is a Pathology resident. She is a Full Lyrical Soprano and has performed in a few Operettas’. Her past Healthcare experiences include working as a CNA at Westchester General Hospital, Clinical Partner at Baptist Hospital on the Oncology Floor, and Scribe at several Baptist Urgent Care locations. During her time as an Undergrad, she volunteered as a Road to Recovery driver for the American Cancer Society, was Captain of her team for Relay for Life in 2012, won the Pulmonary Hypertension Association “Art from the Heart” competition in 2013, and Founded the first Pre-Physician Assistant Organization at Florida International University. She is eager to learn all that she can, and is willing to go above and beyond what is expected of her.