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PGY-4

class-of-2019

 

 David Chung, MD Hometown: Torrance, CA Undergraduate: UCSD Med School: Loma Linda University Hobbies: Why LAC+USC: Plans after residency: Fun fact: I’m about to be a dad! David Chung, MD, MBA

Hometown: Torrance, CA
Undergraduate: UCSD
Graduate School: Loma Linda University
Med School: Loma Linda University
Hobbies: Trying out new restaurants
Why LAC+USC: Wanted to stay in Southern California and loved the mission of the hospital
Plans after residency: Hospital administration
Fun fact: I’m about to become a dad! I’ve also been known to dabble in beat boxing.

spencerSpencer Liebman, MD

Hometown: Lebanon, CT
Undergraduate: Drexel University
Med School: University of Virginia
Hobbies: Backpacking, soccer, road trips, essentially anything outdoors
Why LAC+USC: Underserved, urban (and awesome) patient population, down to earth residents and faculty, very hands-on program
Plans after residency: Urban health, maybe HIV or Prev Med fellowship
Fun fact: I’ve succesfully road-tripped 5 times across the US and visited all 48 continental US states en route.

John Nixon, MD Hometown: Palmdale, CA Undergraduate: UCLA Med School: Rush University Hobbies: Why LAC+USC: Plans after residency: Fun fact: John Nixon, MD

Hometown: Palmdale, CA
Undergraduate: UCLA
Med School: Rush University
Hobbies: Planning things and rarely following through on them (e.g., the gym), food/restaurants, hiking, camping, going to museums
Why LAC+USC: Patient population; I wanted to work with the underserved
Plans after residency: Combination of inpatient and outpatient med/peds with some advocacy work thrown in there somewhere
Fun fact: I was an art major
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Pruthul Patel, MD Hometown: Irvine, CA Undergraduate: UCSD Med School: USC Hobbies: Pandemic, basketball, watching Netflix marathons (which are a sport) Why LAC+USC: The people Plans after residency: Hospitalist Fun fact: No fun fact, only a serious one. I have visited 5 of 12 of the best Taco Bells according to the Taco Bell website. Pruthul Patel, MD

Hometown: Irvine, CA
Undergraduate: UCSD
Med School: USC
Hobbies: Pandemic, basketball, watching Netflix marathons (which are a sport)
Why LAC+USC: The people
Plans after residency: Hospitalist
Fun fact: No fun fact, only a serious one. I have visited 5 of 12 of the best Taco Bells according to the Taco Bell website. Baby Pic

Jaclyn Vargas, MD Hometown: San Diego, CA Undergraduate: University of San Francisco Med School: USC Hobbies: Baking, hiking, painting Why LAC+USC: I went here for medical school. I loved the residents, staff, attendings and of course the patients. I wanted to keep working with the underserved and this was the place to continue working with people who share that passion. Plans after residency: Ask me in 2 years? Academic, transitional care of chronic diseases? Fun fact: I ran the La Jolla half marathon with peds, medicine and med-peds residents our intern year! Jaclyn Vargas, MD

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Undergraduate: University of San Francisco
Med School: USC
Hobbies: Baking, hiking, painting
Why LAC+USC: I went here for medical school. I loved the residents, staff, attendings and of course the patients. I wanted to keep working with the underserved and this was the place to continue working with people who share that passion.
Plans after residency: Ask me in 2 years? Academic, transitional care of chronic diseases?
Fun fact: I ran the La Jolla half marathon with peds, medicine and med-peds residents our intern year!

Kira Watson, MD, MPH

Hometown: Coral Gables, FL
Undergraduate: Pomona College
Graduate School: Tufts University School of Medicine (MPH)
Med School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Hobbies: Golf, hiking, running, reading, crafts, cooking
Why LAC+USC: The patient population is incredible. The pathology is variable and interesting. LAC+USC is a place to test your mettle and to do the best possible for people who have little, but who are intensely grateful for what help they receive.
Plans after residency: Policy fellowship, public health work
Fun Fact: I am an intrepid world explorer! I ran the La Jolla Half Marathon last year, and am now recruiting yearly for April. I bungee jumped off the second tallest bridge in the world!

PGY-32016.06.21--Peds & MP Intern Welcome Happy Hour

 

 Fernanda Delgado, MD Hometown: Pico Rivera, CA Undergraduate: UCSD Graduate School: UCSF/San Francisco State University (Post-Bacc) Med School: University of Washington Hobbies: Re-discovering Los Angeles, Sunsets in the mountains and on the coast, spending time with my family. Why LAC+USC: Being from the area, I wanted to return to a program that offered excellent training, a wealth of patients, and a wonderful balance of academia and service. LAC+USC Medicine-Pediatrics is the ideal combination of camaraderie and support that comes with co-residents who are invested in the communities they serve. Plans after residency: Primary Care/Transitional Care Fun fact: I love avocado smoothies! Fernanda Delgado, MD

Hometown: Pico Rivera, CA
Undergraduate: UCSD
Graduate School: UCSF/San Francisco State University (Post-Bacc)
Med School: University of Washington
Hobbies: Re-discovering Los Angeles, sunsets in the mountains and on the coast, spending time with my family
Why LAC+USC: Being from the area, I wanted to return to a program that offered excellent training, a wealth of patients, and a wonderful balance of academia and service. LAC+USC Medicine-Pediatrics is the ideal combination of camaraderie and support that comes with co-residents who are invested in the communities they serve.
Plans after residency: Primary Care/Transitional Care
Fun fact: I love avocado smoothies! Baby Pic

RRebekah Harding, MD, MPH Hometown: Anchorage, AK Undergraduate: Huntington University Graduate School: Northern Illinois University (MPH) Med School: University of Illinois at Chicago Hobbies: Playing board games, running and hiking, biking, and just recently my husband and I have gotten into craft coffee! Why LAC+USC: I loved that the program and the hospital's focus was universally on serving the underserved and I felt it aligned with my interests right away. When I visited I pretty instantly felt the like-mindedness of those I met and knew the experience of being a resident at LAC+USC would provide an invaluable medical education. Plans after residency: Unsure, most likely primary care! Fun fact: I've been to all 50 states! ebekah Harding, MD, MPH

Hometown: Anchorage, AK
Undergraduate: Huntington University
Graduate School: Northern Illinois University (MPH)
Med School: University of Illinois at Chicago
Hobbies: Playing board games, running and hiking, biking, and just recently my husband and I have gotten into craft coffee!
Why LAC+USC: I loved that the program and the hospital’s focus was universally on serving the underserved and I felt it aligned with my interests right away. When I visited I pretty instantly felt the like-mindedness of those I met and knew the experience of being a resident at LAC+USC would provide an invaluable medical education.
Plans after residency: Unsure, most likely primary care!
Fun fact: I’ve been to all 50 states! Baby Pic

Sara Ptasnik, MD Hometown: Undergraduate: Med School: USC Hobbies: Why LAC+USC: Plans after residency: Sara Ptasnik, MD

Hometown: Denver, CO
Undergraduate: USC
Med School: USC
Hobbies: Skiing, hiking, reading, yoga, ping pong, hacky sack
Why LAC+USC: Great people and supportive learning environment, commitment to taking care of the underserved
Plans after residency: Unsure, possibly med/peds hospitalist
Fun fact: For a sculpture class, I built a guitar out of an old barometer that was later played during a TedX talk by a musician dressed up as a tiger

MinooSarkarati, MD Hometown: Laguna Niguel, CA Undergraduate: UC Berkeley Med School: Meharry Medical College Hobbies: Running, hiking, camping, soccer, reading. Why LAC+USC: Because we have the best patients, the residents/faculty are amazing people-caring, intelligent, down to earth, and we are community of kind, caring people. Plans after residency: Not exactly sure, but interested in academic medicine, EIS or health policy fellowship. Fun fact: I studied Balinese and Javanese gamelan. Minoo Sarkarati, MD

Hometown: Laguna Niguel, CA
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Med School: Meharry Medical College
Hobbies: Running, hiking, camping, soccer, reading.
Why LAC+USC: Because we have the best patients, the residents/faculty are amazing people–caring, intelligent, down to earth, and we are a community of kind, caring people.
Plans after residency: Not exactly sure, but interested in academic medicine, EIS or health policy fellowship.
Fun fact: I studied Balinese and Javanese gamelan

Alexis Gordon, MD, MPH Hometown: Santa Paula, CA Undergraduate: Cornell University Med School: USC Graduate School: Columbia University Hobbies: yoga, working out, cooking, exploring new neighborhoods Why LAC+USC: The amazing patient population was my major motivator. Additionally, seeing the Med+Peds faculty and residents interact as peers and supportive colleagues- I knew they were a program I could learn from and enjoy working alongside. Plans after residency: NHSC Scholarship Fun fact: My now-husband and I eloped just before residency started! Alexis Gordon, MD, MPH

Hometown: Santa Paula, CA
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Med School: USC
Graduate School: Columbia University
Hobbies: yoga, working out, cooking, exploring new neighborhoods
Why LAC+USC: The amazing patient population was my major motivator. Additionally, seeing the Med+Peds faculty and residents interact as peers and supportive colleagues – I knew they were a program I could learn from and enjoy working alongside.
Plans after residency: NHSC Scholarship
Fun fact: My now-husband and I eloped just before residency started!

Jena Jena Sussex, MD Hometown: San Clemente, CA Undergraduate: USC Med School: USC Hobbies: Surfing, vegetarian cooking, exercise classes, yoga, spending time with friends and family. Why LAC+USC: More than once in medical school I met a patient who had been told by an outside hospital that they likely had cancer, but since they didn't have insurance they couldn't be worked up or treated there. I realized that I always wanted to work at the hospital where patients knew they could come regardless of insurance, citizenship or socioeconomic status. To be able to look at those patients and tell them that we will take care of them is a very rare opportunity for physicians and it's the reason I wanted to stay at LAC+USC. Plans after residency: Always changing! But currently infectious disease and global health. Fun fact: I have surfed in six countries! Sussex, MD

Hometown: San Clemente, CA
Undergraduate: USC
Med School: USC
Hobbies: Surfing, vegetarian cooking, exercise classes, yoga, spending time with friends and family.
Why LAC+USC: More than once in medical school I met a patient who had been told by an outside hospital that they likely had cancer, but since they didn’t have insurance they couldn’t be worked up or treated there. I realized that I always wanted to work at the hospital where patients knew they could come regardless of insurance, citizenship or socioeconomic status. To be able to look at those patients and tell them that we will take care of them is a very rare opportunity for physicians and it’s the reason I wanted to stay at LAC+USC.
Plans after residency: Always changing! But currently infectious disease and global health.
Fun fact: I have surfed in six countries!

PGY-2

 

Lissette Cervantes, MD

Hometown: Ramona (San Diego), California
Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego (USCD)
Med School: Loma Linda University
Hobbies: running, hiking, laying under trees, knitting, eating yellow peaches, spending time with my family, and trying to keep my basil plant alive.
Why LAC+USC: I really wanted to be a part of a diverse community filled with different cultural backgrounds, religions, and medical pathology. I also admire the physicians that work here are they wholeheartedly invest their energy to give back to a very underserved community. The Med+Peds program does a great job in making its residents feel welcome, ensuring well-being, providing academic success, and making sure we are caring physicians to our community.
Plans after residency: Own a little farm where I can have 2 goats, 3 chickens, 2 dogs, and a huge rose garden. I would like to remain at a teaching hospital ideally practicing both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. I’m not entirely sure about the exact plans but I am open to the endless possibilities.
Fun fact: recalling names is not my forte , so I give people cute nicknames. And I like to eat hot Cheetos as I speak Spanish. Baby Pic

Hannah Gwin, MD, PharmD

Hometown: Greenwood, Mississippi
Undergraduate: University of Mississippi
Grad School: University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy
Med School: University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine
Hobbies: Zoos, museums, and hiking.
Why LAC+USC:I wanted a program that helped an underserved and international patient population. Most importantly, I appreciate the tight-knit community vibe. The residents, faculty, and ancillary staff are very warm and supportive.
Plans after residency: Infectious Disease Fellowship
Fun fact:I use to show pigs in 4-H and help out in the catfish ponds. But I have always been a big city girl at heart. Baby Pic

Julian Hirschbaum, DO

Hometown: Yardley, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate: University of Colorado, Boulder
Med School: A.T. Still University
Hobbies: Playing and writing music, cooking food and going to concerts with my other half, camping out with a great view of the stars, and traveling and meeting new people.
Why LAC+USC: I have always believed healthcare is a human right and have wanted to provide care for all, regardless of citizenship, language, or economic background. Working at LA County
helps me to do that. When I met the Med+Peds residents and faculty here during a 4th year Med+Peds rotation, I saw how devoted and humble everyone was. It truly felt like the right place to be.
Plans after residency: Undetermined as of now, but interested in global health fellowships, practicing internationally and working to build healthcare systems in developing countries, academic medicine and teaching.
Fun fact: I backpacked around Olympic National Park for 30 days and hope to hike the entire Appalachian Trail or Pacific Crest Trail one day. Baby Pic

Tiffany Pan, MD

Hometown: Saratoga, CA
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Med School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Hobbies: Coffee, food, spending time with friends and family, and playing the violin.
Why LAC+USC: Being able to work with inspiring and dedicated faculty and residents that share a common vision of advocating for the patients who most desperately need medical care.
Plans after residency: TBD, possibly transitional care, possibly Med+Peds hospitalist.
Fun fact: Once upon a time, I played in the Sydney Opera House with my high school orchestra. Baby Pic

Erica Patel, MD

Hometown: Corona, CA
Undergraduate: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Med School: USC
Hobbies: Writing, traveling, hiking, binge watching Top Chef, and exploring new places in LA.
Why LAC+USC: Having trained at USC for medical school, I instantly fell in love with the patient population and the hospital’s capacity to enact positive change in the lives of some of the most impoverished people in LA. The ethos of the institution of treating whomever walks through the door, regardless of their socioeconomic status or where they come from is the epitome of what healthcare should be.
Plans after residency: Continuing global health work at Wema Children’s Center in Kenya, Primary Care Med+Peds or Med+Peds Endocrine.
Fun Fact: I had PB&J for lunch every day from kindergarten to 6th grade. It’s still my favorite food. Baby Pic

Peter Soliman, MD, MPH

Hometown: Redlands, CA AKA “Dead”lands
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Grad School: Loma Linda University
Med School: University of Arizona-Tucson
Hobbies: Travelling, hiking, biking, volunteering, playing board games, playing basketball, and annoying my Husky Zuzu aka The Zooz.
Why LAC+USC: The privilege of working with an amazing and humbling patient population, dedicated and inspiring residents/faculty/program leadership who want to make a difference, community outreach opportunities, and close to family.
Plans after residency: Jail/prison doctor for juvenile and adult inmates. I also hope to open a clinic in the community for those being released from jails/prisons who need primary care and to be involved in advocacy and health policy.
Fun Fact: I was once interviewed by the Secret Service Baby Pic

PGY-1

 

Alda Huang

Hometown: Irvine, CA
Undergraduate: Pennsylvania State University
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College (Jefferson)
Hobbies: Yoga, ice cream, hiking, going to the beach, Yelp-ing, catspotting, petting other people’s dogs
Why LAC+USC: I love the patient population and the culture of service here. No one says no to going the extra mile for a patient; everyone is committed to providing the best care for the underserved, and it’s amazing being with people who share the same passion.
Plans after residency: Not sure yet, but I like the idea of being a Med+Peds hospitalist while having my own continuity clinic. If I did end up specializing, I’d probably go for Med+Peds Endocrinology. We shall see!
Fun Fact: I took a year off in med school where I taught English in Cambodia for 6 months, then worked at Peking Union Hospital in Beijing.

Ammar Dahodwala

Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ
Undergraduate: Swarthmore College
Medical School: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Hobbies: finding the best local bites, yelling at my TV because a Philadelphia sports team is blowing it again, napping whenever possible, looking for volleyball or basketball games to embarass myself in, trying to find the prime spot to place my first settlement in Settlers of Catan
Why LAC + USC: I found people that I love practicing the type of medicine that I love with a population that I love – it was a no brainer. LA is cool too, I guess…ain’t no Philly though
Plans after Residency: something that will keep me engaged with medical education + service to the community + medicine + pediatrics
Fun Fact: if I wasn’t in medicine I would be teaching Spanish literature on a liberal arts campus during the day and running my own food truck at night

Collin Cousins

Hometown: Minneapolis
Undergraduate: Macalester College
Medical School: University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Hobbies: Used bookstores, camping, cross-country skiing, spending time with my family Why LAC+USC: Commitment to serving anyone who walks through the door, county hospital, like the vibe.
Plans after residency: Outpatient primary care
Fun Fact: I’m starting to get back hair.

Hannah Obasi

Hometown: Richmond, California
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical School: University of California, San Francisco
Hobbies: Tennis, playing ukulele and piano, exploring restaurants, seeing live music
Why LAC+USC: I loved my rotations in medical school at the county hospital and wanted an experience where I can serve. I wanted to be in an environment where we’re both building medical skills as well as the special skills it takes to care for socially complex patients. Los Angeles is a diverse, urban city, the type of place I wanted to be for my professional and social life. I’m also a California native and wanted to stay!
Plans after residency: I want to practice as a Med+Peds hospitalist combined with global health, but am keeping an open mind to primary care and subspecialties
Fun fact: My twin sister and I were born on our mom’s birthday!

Margaret Nkansah

Hometown: Carson, CA
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Graduate School: Tufts University
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Hobbies: Spending time with friends and family, playing guitar, journaling/writing music, jogging, reading or listening to resources that deepen my faith
Why LAC+USC: I wanted to be a part of a community where both faculty and residents value the mission of working with marginalized populations. I truly admire my co- residents and am excited to be challenged to grow with them over the next few years.
Plans after residency: I have interests in public health, heart disease, and homelessness, so I may pursue a career in primary care or cardiology.
Fun fact: I auditioned for American Juniors (the kid version of American Idol) as a hip middle schooler.

Michelle Banh

Hometown: Walnut, CA
Undergraduate: USC
Medical School: Tulane
Hobbies: Cooking, checking out new restaurants and bars with my Med-Peds fam, reading (anything by David Mitchell), and running
Why LAC+USC: The patient population and my inspiring co-residents and staff here committed to providing socially conscious care!
Plans after residency: Med-Peds hospitalist
Fun fact: I’ve rappelled down one of the natural wonders of the world (Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa).