Meet the Team

Taiyeb Rangwalla

President

contact@txbha.org


Class Year

2019

Major

Finance - Corporate Banking | Pre-Med | Business of Healthcare Certificate

Hometown

Dallas, TX

Future Plans

Upon completion of my studies at UT, I plan on attending an MD/MBA program. I plan to use the business knowledge I gain from my MBA to either go into private practice or hospital management. With the current healthcare crisis, doctors with a sole understanding of only medicine are not sufficient to bring about change. With my dual understanding of medicine and business, I will have the tools that I need to make a meaningful impact and be at the forefront of healthcare reform.

Fun Fact

I’m an Eagle Scout and a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. I’m a football maniac and a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. Additionally, I enjoy singing, dancing, and keeping up with the stock market in my free time.

Outside of BHA

I volunteer as a medical assistant at a private practice, shadow an orthopedic hand surgeon, and do research in business healthcare through McCombs.

Tahira Akhter

Vice-President


Class Year

2017

Major

Human Development & Family Sciences | Business Foundations Program | Business of Healthcare Certificate

Hometown

Irving, TX

Future Plans

Healthcare/Hospital Administration

Fun Fact

I have been culturally dancing for 11 years and modeling for 9 years

Outside of BHA

I am the CEO's intern at Migrant Clinician's Network

Gabe Sperling

Vice-President


Class Year

2018

Major

Health & Society | Chemistry Minor | Business of Healthcare Certificate | Pre-Medicine

Hometown

Austin, TX

Future Plans

Before I go to medical school, I want to work abroad in healthcare during my gap year. My ultimate dream job is being the team physician of the Denver Broncos

Fun Fact

I can speak Spanish and I'm the only ginger in my family! I love sports, skiing, healthcare policy and reading.

Outside of BHA

I am involved in Alpha Epsilon Delta, Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity and I am a Peer Mentor for Texas Transfer Students.

Eesha Sasumana

Marketing Director


Class Year

2019

Major

B.S.A. Biology | B.A. Health & Society: Health Care & Economy | Business of Healthcare Certificate | Health Communication Minor | Spanish Minor

Hometown

San Francisco, CA

Future Plans

I am extremely passionate about global health and healthcare reform. My eventual goal is to work for the United Nations and serve as an Ambassador for the World Health Organization to equalize access to quality care and minimize the disparity in favorable outcomes we see today due to socioeconomic status, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Fun Fact

I am forever a child at heart and am obsessed with the color pink and anything Disney! I love to bake, even though I don't like desserts or sweet things and I run a foodstagram! @saucysasumana

Outside of BHA

This past summer I was a Marketing and Communications Intern for a health insurance company serving Medicare, Medicaid and Marketplace clients in Texas. I am also a medical receptionist and involved in a global organization called Destination Imagination, a program I competed in for 7 years. On campus I am also in student organizations such as Caduceus (Pre-Medical Society), Alpha Phi Sigma (Pre-Health Society), I serve as a Student Ambassador for UT's University Health Services (UHS) and am a member of UT's Student Health Advisory Committee.

Juliana Kim

Financial Director


Class Year

2020

Major

Biochemistry, Honors | Business Honors Program

Hometown

Austin, TX

Future Plans

I am interested in entrepreneurship and creative ways to apply science to the rapidly changing healthcare field. Whether as a researcher or practioner, I'd like to be involved in increasing the accesibility of biotechnology advancements.

Fun Fact

I enjoy jogging with my dog, journaling or playing the cello in chamber groups. My dream vacation is to zip-line in New Zealand through the set of The Hobbit and see the view that Bilbo and Company first saw upon their arrival at Rivendell.

Outside of BHA

Dean's Scholar's Program, UT University Orchestra, Undergraduate Research Intern

Annie Hu

Events Director


Class Year

2020

Major

Biochemistry | Business in Healthcare Certificate | Pre-Medicine

Hometown

Frisco, TX

Future Plans

I am pre-med without any plans to specialize in a specific field of medicine yet, but I really want to do research in potential treatments/cures for Parkinson's Disease. I am also highly interested in Biotechnology, especially the potential applications of gene therapy for clinical use.

Fun Fact

I love breakfast foods but I can never wake up early enough to eat a nice breakfast in the morning so I am currently searching for a nice brunch place in Austin that serves both waffles and pancakes and opens until late.

Outside of BHA

Alpha Phi Sigma, I worked as a research assistant in a Human Development and Family Sciences lab last semester and this summer I shadowed a pediatrician and an allergist. I also took a course to become a certified phlebotomist.