Our Residents

PGY-3 Residents, Class of 2018

Audrey Arai

Boston University

Audrey grew up in Sacramento CA with her 3 sisters and their herd of invisible horses. She went to UC Berkeley for undergrad where she majored in Molecular Toxicology and worked in an ecotoxicogenomics lab studying chemical flame retardants. She also began gardening at a local nursing home where she began growing flowers and an interest in geriatrics. This led to a move across the country to Boston University for medical school. While in med school, Audrey loved working with the urban underserved geriatric population, but also loved developing and leading a Down Syndrome buddy program which exposed med students to the developmental disabilities community of greater Boston and advocated for advancements in their care and resources. She is excited to see how Family Medicine at SFGH will allow her to explore both of these interests. Outside of work she likes to listen to bluegrass, play the violin, draw stick figures, and read historical fiction in her new rocking chair. Audrey.Arai@ucsf.edu

Catalina Cuervo

UT Southwesten

Catalina was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia; when she was seven, she and her family moved to the United States and lived first in California and then in Texas. She attended The University of Texas at Dallas for her undergraduate degree and stayed in Dallas to study medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Catalina decided to further explore her broader interests in social medicine by pursuing an MPH at The University of North Carolina between her third and fourth years of medical school. Her other interests in medicine include Latino health, longitudinal care of family units including prenatal care and obstetrics, and providing high-value care (reducing over-treatment and over-diagnosis). Catalina loves following soccer and basketball, and spending quality time with her husband Luis while exploring SF, discovering new music, and watching great movies and tv shows. Catalina.Cuervo@ucsf.edu

Maggie Dietrich

UCSF

Maggie was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She went to college at Yale University, where she majored in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. After college, Maggie worked with Teach for America in New Orleans, LA, and Houston, TX, where she was a founding teacher at a PreK-8 school serving students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. She then completed a post-baccalaureate premedical program at Goucher College. Maggie went on to work in public health, first at the Baltimore City Health Department as a Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Health, and later at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Special Assistant to the Principal Deputy Commissioner and the Director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Maggie attended medical school at UCSF, where she participated in the Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US). She took a year off to pursue an MPH in Epidemiology at UC Berkeley. Maggie's professional interests include adolescent medicine, reproductive health, and social epidemiology. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with her wife and family. Maggie.Dietrich@ucsf.edu

Teresa Gomez-Bramble

Northwestern

 

Teresa was born and raised in Inglewood, CA and spent most of her life in Southern California prior to attending medical school in Chicago. She attended Claremont McKenna College and graduated with a BA in Biology and Spanish. Soon after, she worked at the University of Southern California conducting research in the Psychiatric and Behavioral Sciences Department for a year before moving to Chicago for medical school. At Northwestern, she pursued an MD/MPH and became actively involved in the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) as she is very passionate about Latino health and mentoring underrepresented minorities in medicine. She also participated in numerous global health trips to Jamaica, Mexico and Ecuador Outside of her career interests, which include serving the underserved and providing quality care to vulnerable populations, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends (especially now that she's back in CA) and exploring the bay area (restaurants, hikes, festivals, etc)! Teresa.Gomez@ucsf.edu

Jen Karlin

University of Chicago

Jen was born in California and then raised in Louisiana and New Jersey. After graduating from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, she lived in San Francisco and New York City and focused her work on health care advocacy and writing: as a health care policy analyst, a community integration specialist working with disabled adults, a fellow at Mother Jones Magazine, and a health care paralegal at the Legal Aid Society. During this time, she also wrote at trade paperback book called Regeneration: Telling Stories from Our Twenties, published in 2003. She returned to graduate education to more formally study how social structures and health care interact. She completed her MD and her PhD in the Anthropology and History of Science and Medicine as well as a Fellowship in Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. Returning to the Bay Area for residency, she is honored and overjoyed to work at the General and the Family Health Center alongside so many patients and caregivers dedicated to caring for everyone who comes through the institution’s doors. Outside of medicine, she loves spending time with her new baby, her husband, her friends and her dog Kona. You can find her enjoying many of the Bay Areas outdoor activities--in water and on land--during her free time. Jennifer.Karlin@ucsf.edu

Amanda Kim

University of Maryland

Amanda Kim grew up in Cupertino, CA but does not own a Mac or an iPhone. She majored in English medieval studies at Cornell University then ran back to the warm weather at UC Berkeley for an MPH in infectious diseases and vaccinology. She attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she first found her love for family medicine. She is passionate about identifying and reducing healthcare disparities, particularly among the Asian and Pacific Islander community. In 2006 she co-founded Team HBV Collegiate Chapters, an international network of college students dedicated to raising awareness of hepatitis B and liver cancer prevention in their communities. She is also an Albert Schweitzer Fellow for her work establishing blood pressure and diabetes screening in community pharmacies in Baltimore, MD. Amanda loves anime, fantasy/sci-fi books, violin, free food, and being a snob about boba and coffee. Amanda.Kim2@ucsf.edu

Kaitlyn Krauss

UCSF

Kaitlyn grew up in Los Angeles, California. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Wesleyan University. She worked for a nonprofit improving young women's access to higher education in South Sudan. After returning from South Sudan, she worked for a Federally Qualified Health Center in East Oakland, Lifelong Medical Care. She oversaw various quality improvement initiatives for chronic disease management, as well as, the health education department (which supported awesome group medical visits, a free weekly farmer's market, and various support groups). Her interests include healthcare for underserved communities, adolescent medicine, addiction medicine, alternative medicine, healthcare disparities, and palliative care. When not in the hospital or clinic, you can find her on a long trail in the mountains, swimming in a body of water, picking vegetables, practicing some yoga, or just reading in the sun. Kaitlyn.Krauss@ucsf.edu

Chantal Lunderville

UCLA

Chantal is from Fontana, California and was an Ethnic Studies Major at the University of California, San Diego. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, she got her Master’s in Public Policy from UCLA along with her medical education. She has very active hobbies such as running, cycling, dance, golf, and crafting. Chantal.Lunderville@ucsf.edu

Meredith Mirrer

Icahn School of Medicine

Meredith grew up in the Shawangunk Mountains of New York. She then moved to Baltimore, to study Public Health and Population Environmental Health at Johns Hopkins University in a combined BA/MHS degree program. During her tenure at Hopkins, Meredith pursued research opportunities in her new community and abroad. She particularly enjoyed working on an active-case finding study for TB and HIV in Klerksdorp, South Africa. In addition, Meredith benefited from strong mentorship experiences at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she contributed to patient safety research and quality improvement as a co-leader of a novel student program in Quality, Patient, Safety, and Risk Management. Meredith returned to New York to study at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she pursued research in geriatrics and palliative medicine as an MSTAR scholar, co-led a peer mentoring program, and volunteered at a student-run women's health clinic for uninsured patients. Meredith is excited to train at SFGH and live in the beautiful Bay Area, where she looks forward to spending time on the water and hiking with friends. Meredith.Mirrer@ucsf.edu

Juliana Morris

Harvard

Juliana was raised in New York State and attended Vassar College. As an undergrad, she studied sociology and bioethics, and spent time volunteering and learning in the local community at a prison, high school, and community health center. Through her experiences, Juliana became committed to fighting for health equity through community organizing and political activism. Upon graduating, she explored these interests through a variety of jobs, including serving as a human rights defender with Central American migrants in Southern Mexico and working as a medical interpreter and language access policy advocate in Washington, D.C. Eventually, she decided on medical school, where she pursued clinical opportunities in primary care, worked to incorporate anti-racism education into the curriculum, and partnered with local community organizing groups to expand access to higher education for DREAMers and pass the Massachusetts Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. Trained in qualitative research methodology, Juliana has also carried out a number of participatory research projects in parallel with her solidarity work. To reenergize, she enjoys bicycle touring, slam poetry, salsa dancing, fiddling, exploring her neighborhood, and chocolate. Julianna.Morris@ucsf.edu

Antonio Olivarez

USC

Antonio grew up in San Jose, California and completed his undergraduate degree at UC Davis in Neurobiology, physiology, and behavior. He then moved to the other side of the state to go to medical school at the University of Southern California. His interests include teaching, soccer, running, and Latin dance. Antonio.Olivarez@ucsf.edu

Milana PeBenito

UCSF

Milana grew up in Honolulu, which explains why she’s always smiling. Family and community have always been a big deal; she was raised to offer up service to those around her. She went to undergrad at UC Santa Cruz where she got fired up about saving the planet and spent her time selling organic fruit at the farmer’s market and organizing a sustainable transportation cooperative. Realizing she loved to teach, she became a 9th grade Biology teacher in East Oakland. As a teacher her heartstrings were pulled towards medicine as she learned to appreciate the cascading health effects that poverty had on her students and their families. She went to medical school at UCSF, where someone told her that here U Can Stay Forever, and she thinks she might. She’s excited to continue exploring integrative practices, promoting mind-body medicine, hiking the beautiful Bay Area, and partying on the mat with her beloved yoga community. Milana.PeBenito@ucsf.edu

Eva Raphael

Emory

Eva was born in Paris, France and moved to the Bay Area at age 9. She went to UC Berkeley for undergrad, and decided to stay 2 more years (because she loved it so much) to do an MPH. Although her studies focused on Environmental Health Science, she ended up studying drug-resistance bacteria in spinach, a project part of the greater question of the role of antibiotics as animal feed and pesticides. She then worked for 2 ½ months in Salvador, Brazil, on a project on group A Streptococcus diversity in children living in slum vs non-slum neighborhoods. Another project took her to Mysore, India, where she helped set up a molecular epidemiology laboratory in the setting of a study comparing the diversity of Lactobacillus species in the vaginal flora of women with and without bacterial vaginosis. In medical school, she worked on finding new ways to measure disease burden by stratifying California hospitalization rates for large disease categories by zip-code income. She plans on merging her interests in the interface of the environment (social, economic, infectious) and health through disease burden metrics of health disparities. She speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese, and a little bit of Japanese and Farsi (enough to offer tea), and enjoys hikes, yoga and movies (good food too). Eva.Raphael@ucsf.edu

Alma Sanchez

Tulane

Alma grew up in in the small agricultural town of Hollister, California. She went to Duke University for undergrad where she studied Biology, Spanish, and Latin American Studies, cultivated her passion for social justice, and fell in love with rugby. Alma knew at a young age that she was going to go into medicine, but decided to get some life experience focusing on her passion for social justice before going to medical school. She moved to the Dominican Republic to teach high school biology, while also volunteering at a local HIV orphanage and clinic. Eventually, she made it back to Hollister and worked with the community board to open a Domestic Violence shelter for women and children, where she then became manager and women's health advocate. Next, she attended Barry University in Miami to receive her master’s in Biomedical Science. Shortly before starting at Tulane University, where she received her MD and MPH in global health, she was able to spend some time working in the Early Head Start Program in San Jose, CA, to connect low-income families to healthcare and educational services. Fun fact: Alma was the crew cook on a commercial salmon fishing trip to Dillingham, Alaska. Alma is into running, hiking, Latin dance and world travel.

Alma.Sanchez@ucsf.edu

Kenji Taylor

University of Pennsylvania

Kenji was born and raised in rural Kansas and Pennsylvania. He headed to the big city of Providence, RI to study Neuroscience, East Asian Studies and Entrepreneurship at Brown University. Following graduation, his short-lived career in finance took him to Los Angeles, London and Tokyo, before he decided medicine was how he could directly help others who needed it the most. He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he developed a passion for health disparities, social justice and community medicine in West Philadelphia. As an applied epidemiology fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he experienced firsthand the excitement and possibilities of global health policy and HIV medicine as a family doctor. He is especially interested in HIV primary care, adolescents, transgender health and health information systems. For fulfillment outside of medicine, he plays the violin, travels, spins, spends time outdoors and enjoys cooking with friends and family. Kenji.Taylor@ucsf.edu
PGY-2 Residents, Class of 2019

Angeli Bueno

Temple

Angeli was born in the Philippines and grew up all over the place, though she thinks of LA as home-base since that’s where a lot of her family still lives. She majored in Public Health Studies at Johns Hopkins University where she dabbled in some research around use of free mail-in screening STD kits in Baltimore City but mostly spent her time taking and editing photos for the Hopkins News-Letter. After college, she got her MPH at UCLA in Community Health Sciences and then went to medical school at Temple University at their Geisinger clinical campus in rural Pennsylvania. When she has free time, she’s either rock climbing or taking a nap. Angeli.Bueno@ucsf.edu

Maggie Chen

UCLA

Maggie grew up here in San Francisco! She is honored to practice family medicine in her hometown, with the exceptional community of providers at UCSF/SFGH. She completed her undergraduate degree in racial/ethnic studies and human biology at Stanford University. After college, she worked in Washington, D.C. on health policy issues and with women’s organizations. Maggie then completed medical school at UCLA. She was a member of the UCLA PRIME program, and completed a dual Master of Public Policy degree at UCLA. She is a Pisacano Scholar and a member of the AOA Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Her interests include women’s health, family planning and contraception, adolescent medicine, and health policy. In her free time, Maggie enjoys any and all TV shows, books written by comedians, podcasts, and treats. Margaret.Chen@ucsf.edu

Josh Connor

UCSF

Josh grew up in Oakland and Richmond, CA. He attended undergrad at Laney College and New College, completed a post-bac at San Francisco State University, and continued his tour of Bay Area schools for medical school at UC San Francisco. While in medical school he participated in the Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US) and earned an MPH in maternal and child health at UC Berkeley. His capstone research explored access to health care for women in prison. During medical school, Josh was a member of White Coats 4 Black Lives and helped found the Do No Harm Coalition, addressing the twin public health crises of police violence and institutionalized racism. He is passionate about racial and economic justice, as well as organizing physicians and health care providers for social change. Josh and his wife live in Oakland where they enjoy watching their newborn baby perfect her side eye. Josh also loves gardening, reading, practicing martial arts, working on his VW camper van, and dreaming up road trips for future vacations. Joshua.Connor@ucsf.edu

Mai Fleming

Jefferson

Mai grew up in the burbs of Chicago before looking to new horizons and moving to NYC for college at New York University, where she majored in Gender and Sexuality Studies and minored in Chemistry. During undergrad, her work with Planned Parenthood piqued her interest in women's and reproductive health and motivated her to pursue medicine. After a year of researching at Penn and establishing herself in Philly, she attended medical school at Jefferson where she worked closely with patients at the intersection of homelessness and addiction, and also became interested in Transgender medicine through her work with the Mazzoni Center, an LGBTQ focused patient centered medical home. She is also dedicated to caring for urban underserved populations and utilizing the practice of medicine as a form of activism. Outside of medicine, Mai is an avid book worm, a crazy cat lady, and loves any outdoor activity including hiking, camping, and snowboarding. Montida.Supanya-Fleming@ucsf.edu

Ariel Franks

Columbia

Ariel Franks graduated from Yale University with a degree in Sociology. After college, she spend 2 years working as a professional dancer in New York City before enrolling in medical school at Columbia. In med school, Ariel volunteered with the University Harm Reduction Outreach Network, and spent her first summer of med school in Santiago, Dominican Republic, interviewing local residents about health and mental health needs. Outside of residency, Ariel enjoys dance, yoga, reading novels, and meditation. Ariel.Franks@ucsf.edu

Maddy Grandy

OHSU

Maddy grew up in Oregon before attending Occidental College where she studied biology. After college, she joined Teach for America, worked as a direct service advocate with the Portland Women’s Crisis Line, and obtained a Masters degree in Education from CSU Dominguez Hills before enrolling in medical school at Oregon Health Sciences University. In med school, Maddy was a member of the Transgender Health Program, Medical Students for Choice, and the Healthy Equity Group. In her spare time, she enjoys running and hiking with her dog, Charlie, gardening, cooking, and playing the cello. Madeline.Grandy@ucsf.edu

Ryan Huerto

UC San Diego

Ryan was born in the Philippines and grew up in Los Angeles, California. He attended UCLA for undergrad and majored in Psychobiology. After college, he joined Teach for America and devoted three years to teaching high school science in South Central, Los Angeles. He earned a Masters of Urban Education Policy and Administration from LMU and later began medical school at UCSD. While in medical school, he furthered his understanding of health disparities by earning a Masters of Public Health from Harvard. His passions include preventive medicine (as a tool for social justice), underserved medicine, diversity in medicine, and patient and community empowerment. His hobbies include running, art, chess, and basketball. Ryan.Huerto@ucsf.edu

Kira Levy

UCSF

Kira was born and raised in Los Angeles and moved to the Bay Area for college at UC Berkeley. She graduated with a BA in Sociology, Spanish and Dance and then decided that medicine would enable her to pursue her passion for social justice and working closely with individuals. She attended a post-bac program at SF State, worked at SFGH doing reproductive health and health disparities research, and then attended the UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program. During medical school she helped run the Berkeley Suitcase Clinic for folks experiencing homelessness and co-chaired Medical Students for Choice. She has most recently become interested in primary care transformation and the work being done at UCSF's Center for Excellence in Primary Care. She feels incredibly connected to the patients, staff and faculty at SFGH- a place she has worked for the past 7 years and feels lucky to continue her training among such inspiring people. Outside of medicine, she loves to hike on all sides of the Bay, dance, knit sweaters for her nephew and eat the delicious and diverse food offerings in San Francisco. Kira.Levy@ucsf.edu

Na'amah Razon

UCSF

Na’amah Razon was born in Pennsylvania and grew up splitting her time between Haifa and a Philadelphia suburb. She moved to California for college where she studied Cultural and Social Anthropology and Biological Sciences at Stanford. As an undergraduate, she discovered the fascinating world of qualitative research and the nuances anthropology brings to understanding medicine and health. Wanting to integrate research and clinical training, she joined the MD/PhD program at UCSF, and pursued graduate work in the Department of History, Anthropology, and Social Medicine. Her dissertation examined the dynamics of citizenship and healthcare reform in southern Israel. She is thrilled to continue her training at UCSF. She is interested women’s health and family planning, global health, and research. She loves the outdoors, discovering new fruits, raising chickens, being silly with her kids, and biking. Naamah.Razon@ucsf.edu

Katie Taylor

Icahn School of Medicine

Katie was born and raised in Sacramento, California, and attended Stanford University, where she was a fine arts and English major. After graduation she spent a year skiing in the Sierras and working as a ski patroller. She has never skied so many powder days in the rest of her skiing career combined as she did that year. She then completed a Masters of Fine Art in oil painting at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. After realizing she wanted to go into medicine, she completed a post-bac at Johns Hopkins, and enrolled at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York City. There, she was very involved in the East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership, the school's free, student-run clinic for the undocumented and uninsured of East Harlem. When not at work, she enjoys petting her cat, making tea on the stove, tending to her array of indoor plants, and participating in other grandma-like activities. Kathryn.Taylor@ucsf.edu

Yakira Teitel

UCSF

Yakira was born and raised in San Francisco, up the hill (or one of many hills) from SFGH. She then moved to New York, where she completed her BA at Columbia in Latino Studies with a focus in Anthropology. After working in Latin America and California as an artist, educator and activist, Yakira decided to pursue a career in medicine with a focus on providing excellent community-based care to underserved patients. She completed the pre-med post-bac program at Mills College in Oakland, then joined the PRIME-US program at UCSF. Before completing med school, she made a brief return to New York to complete her MPH at Columbia, where she studied the medical and mental health needs of unaccompanied youth immigrants. Yakira is passionate about using her medical training to better advocate for social and health justice. She also loves making art, dancing, going on adventures, and spending time with her friends and their babies. Yakira.Teitel@ucsf.edu

Ashley Tsang

University of Chicago

Ashley grew up in beautiful North Carolina and attended UNC, majoring in public health. She then took a CDC fellowship and moved to New Mexico where she hiked a lot, got a pug named Taos and ate breakfast burritos. Through her work in infectious disease epidemiology and harm reduction in NM, Ashley became interested in justice for people who use drugs, addiction medicine and correctional health. She then moved to Chicago for medical school where she helped start an overdose prevention program at Cook County Jail and researched how economic recession in Greece affected HIV in people who inject drugs. She is thrilled to be at UCSF and looks forward to forging her new identity as a family medicine physician amongst such bright, hilarious, and social-minded peers. Ashley.Tsang@ucsf.edu

Van Vu

UCLA

Van was born and raised in San Jose, California, braved the cold Northeast to attend Yale, and then moved back to her hometown where she joined Teach for America. For the next few years, she taught high school biology at her rival high school. Her students' stories touched her so deeply that she was motivated while in medical school at UCLA to help develop a health education pipeline and mentorship program for high school students in East LA. These experiences inspired her to pursue a medical career that would allow her to continue working with urban underserved communities while remaining involved in education. With the Family and Community Medicine program at SFGH she feels she has found the perfect fit for all of her interests. Outside of medicine, she loves going to music shows, yoga, cooking, hiking around the Bay Area, and sampling all of the Mission's burritos. Van.Vu2@ucsf.edu

Tem Woldeyesus

UCSF

Tem was born and raised in Fairfield, CA and attended college at UC Davis. As an undergrad, he volunteered at Imani Clinic, which provides primary care and community-based interventions to the underserved community of Sacramento. He was also engaged in high school pipeline programs to provide mentorship for at-risk youth through the SNMA. As a medical student, he was an active member of the Primary Care Leadership Academy and Primary Care Progress. He was awarded General Electric-NMF-Primary Care Leadership Fellowship, where he engaged in quality improvement efforts addressing increasing cycle times through development of performance widgets utilizing EHR data for providers at a community health center in rural Arkansas. He also completed a research project assessing the barriers and facilitators in patient portal use in a largely limited English proficient population at an FQHC in Seattle. As the UCSF Center for Excellence in Primary Care Fellow, he played an active role disseminating resources and providing an online-platform to address care integration challenges within FQHC setting. Outside of work, he enjoys watching and playing basketball, reading, binge-watching Netflix, and exploring all that the Bay Area has to offer. Tem.Woldeyesus@ucsf.edu

Flo Wolfe-Modupe

UCSF

Folashade was born in New York and raised in Arlington, Virginia. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in Africana Studies and Human Biology. She taught high school Biology, Chemistry, and Physiology at Kennedy High School in Richmond, CA with Teach for America for two years. In medical school, she co-chaired the community outreach team of Student National Medical Association. She is passionate about adolescent medicine, integrative medicine, and addressing social and racial inequality in medicine. She enjoys dance, yoga, admiring art, and appreciating the beauty of the Bay. Folashade.Wolfe-Modupe@ucsf.edu

PGY-1 Residents, Class of 2020

Dani Baurer

Temple

Dani grew up outside of Philadelphia, PA with her two sisters Elana and Talia. She went to undergrad at Northwestern University where she studied Education and Social Policy, soaked up Chicago, and sailed on Lake Michigan. After undergrad she worked at a feminist and trans* health collective, Chicago Women's Health Center. She then returned home to Philly to attend medical school at Temple University School of Medicine, where she got a MA in Urban Bioethics in addition to her MD. Her master's thesis work focused on the racist and eugenicist roots of current day perceptions of teen pregnancy and childbearing, and how the medical community can be better informed and respect reproductive autonomy in caring for teens from marginalized communities. Her professional passions include adolescent health, sexual health/reproductive health, trans* health and HIV primary care. Otherwise, she loves traveling, cities, live music, and being outside. Danielle.Baurer@ucsf.edu

Anya Desai

UCSF

Anya grew up in Southern California and Nashville, but her roots and extended family are scattered throughout the Bay Area. She graduated with a BA in History and minor in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College and then spent two years living and working in North India with Jagori Grameen, a feminist NGO where she became interested in combining western medicine with other healing traditions. After India she went back to school at College of Alameda and Merritt College for her pre-med courses while working various part-time jobs. At UCSF, she became interested in the intersection of health and environment in addition to integrative medicine. She is interested in being part of change towards a more just and sustainable health care system, working to challenge institutional racism, classism, and sexism. She also loves to read, cook, spend time outdoors, and is an avid appreciator of visual and performance art. Anya.Desai@ucsf.edu

DJ Freitas

UCSF

DJ was born in Korea, adopted by second-generation Portuguese parents, and raised on 40 acres of farmland in the small town of Loomis, CA. He attended UC Berkeley for undergrad, where he met the love of his life and current partner, and subsequently spent 4 years providing and coordinating health care and housing services for homeless individuals throughout the East Bay. He later joined the PRIME program at UCSF focused on providing care to urban underserved populations where he continued to advocate for the homeless through leading the student run homeless clinic, research, and co-founding an east bay non-profit focused on providing care to the Oakland underserved. He then returned to UC Berkeley to complete his MPH focusing health and affordable housing. He is thrilled to be able to continue his training at UCSF and join such an inspirational group of physician advocates. His other interests include: poorly playing guitar and basketball, binge watching Netflix shows, and drinking a good scotch or IPA. Daniel.Freitas@ucsf.edu

Tara Gonzalez

UCSF

Tara was born and raised in sunny San Diego, moving to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley, where she found her love for public health and youth development. After college, Tara worked at Berkeley High School as a sexual health educator through Americorps. She then worked in the SFDPH HIV epidemiology unit before attending medical school in the UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program and PRIME program. Tara's master's thesis involved exploring the medical and social decision making processes of families supporting their transgender and gender expansive kids. She found her way to Family Medicine, wanting to join a community committed to social change, and a field where health is seen dynamically across individuals, families and communities . When not at work you might find Tara curled up in a cafe with a good book, out in search of new fresh water swimming spots, listening to live music or fussing with her many plants. Tara.Gonzalez@ucsf.edu

Amulya Iyer

Columbia

Amulya grew up outside of Boston and went to undergrad at Williams College. Prior to medical school at Columbia, Amulya was a middle school teacher and worked in a stem cell lab at Boston University. He could not be more excited to be doing family medicine at UCSF and working at San Francisco General Hospital. Amulya.Iyer@ucsf.edu

Ed Kobayashi

Quinnipiac

Born and raised in the bay area, Ed attended UCLA where he studied psychobiology and Japanese language. His interest in the intersection of health, community, and policy was largely shaped through time spent volunteering at health clinics in Nicaragua as well as his engagement in the Japanese American community in SF Japantown and Little Tokyo, LA. He sought to preserve stories from the Japanese American wartime incarceration and to share them with the greater community as a vehicle for advocacy and dialogue. After college he completed a post-baccalaureate program at SF State University, then ventured out to the northeast as a member of the inaugural class at the Frank Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. He developed an interest in CQI, completing a capstone project that evaluated the impact of lean management implementation on healthcare provider attitudes across multi-specialty outpatient sites. Ed helped create the peer advocacy program at his medical school and was voted by his peers to receive the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award. When not in the hospital you can find Ed taiko drumming at his Buddhist temple, watching the Warriors, or hiking the variety of bay area landscapes. Edward.Kobayashi@ucsf.edu

Elaine Lee

UCSF

San Francisco native: pre-2000 Giants and Warriors fan, foodie

College: UC Berkeley, Bioengineering major
Med School: UCSF in the PRIME-US program.
MPH: UC Berkeley, studying the intersection of class, ethnicity, and emotional wellbeing in community colleges.
Interests: adolescents/ under-resourced youth and dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, urban underserved including homeless and LGBT populations, palliative care
Hobbies: foooooood (burger to omakase), coffee, bouldering, origami, crosswords, traveling (for food)

ELee@ucsf.edu

Daniela Maristany

UCSF

Daniela was born and raised in Corvallis, Oregon. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in English. After college, Daniela worked as a patient navigator at a community health center in Brooklyn through Americorps. During medical school, she was a coordinator of Clínica Martín Baró, a student-run clinic serving Latino immigrants in the Mission neighborhood. She is interested in Latino health, mentorship, and increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine to reflect the patient population served. Daniela enjoys reading, backpacking, and cooking. Daniela.Maristany@ucsf.edu

Yuyang Mei

UCSF

Yuyang grew up mostly in Danville, California. He studied medical anthropology as an undergraduate at Harvard and again while pursuing a MD/MS at the UC Berkeley - UCSF Joint Medical Program. His research interests include the links between global health and Western imperialism, and he has also studied the lived experience of caregiving. He is happy to be at UCSF where he hopes to learn to practice community-based medicine that produces social change. In his free time, he enjoys music and dance. Yuyang.Mei@ucsf.edu

Stephen Richmond, II

 

Stephen was raised in Hampton Roads, Virginia, but has enjoyed living and learning on both coasts and various places in between. Over the last fifteen years he’s called California home with a strong preference for Bay Area culture, climate, and creativity. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and graduate of Solano Community College, completing his undergraduate work at U.C. Berkeley and medical degree at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. While completing his master’s at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, he studied the social determinants of health, and soon discerned that a career in family medicine was the ideal path to target both upstream and downstream effectors of health, particularly in vulnerable populations. Stephen is broadly interested in health systems innovation to improve care for the underserved, the intersection of medical education and social justice, and patient advocacy in all of its forms. Moreover, he is a strong believer in work-life balance, and loves to explore the Bay with his wife. When not at work, you might find him cycling the coast or immersed in a good book. Stephen.Richmond@ucsf.edu

Stephany Rush

Morehouse

Stephany was born in Atlanta and grew up in Fayetteville, Georgia. She graduated from Spelman College, and went on to teach 7th grade science with Teach for America in Los Angeles. After two years in the classroom, she joined Community HealthCorps where she volunteered at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Santa Monica, California. In this position, she helped to ensure patients had access to health care services by assisting in the enrollment of state- and federally-funded programs. She then moved back home to attend medical school at Morehouse School of Medicine. She is passionate about providing family-centered care. Stephany is interested in erasing food deserts for children and addressing the health disparities that disproportionately affect marginalized communities. Outside of medicine, she enjoys indoor gardening, southern hip-hop, and spending time with friends and family. Stephany.Rush@ucsf.edu

Jenni Sneden

UCSF

Jenni grew up in Denver, Colorado where she graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in biomedical sciences. She moved to San Francisco to complete a Masters in Global Health at UCSF, after which she worked for a cervical cancer screening program for women living with HIV. During medical school Jenni focused on primary care advocacy and volunteered at the SFGH Wellness Center. Her interests include chronic disease management, health service disparities, and reproductive health. She enjoys spending time with her husband hiking, camping, and anything outdoors. Jennifer.Sneden@ucsf.edu

Linh Vo

University of Wisconsin

Linh was born in Vietnam and immigrated to Chicago with her family at the age of 9. For three years, she learned English through ESL classes---something she could not have done without the help of dedicated teachers and mentors. After graduating from Lane Technical High School, she left the Midwest to attend Harvard University, where she majored in Chemistry and gave back to the immigrant community by teaching ESL to third-graders. Thereafter, she returned to the Midwest to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. While in medical school, Linh found her passion for family medicine, with particular interest in working with diverse, underserved communities, promoting women’s health, and performing clinical procedures. Secretly, Linh had always wanted to live in California and after interviewing at this program, she knew it was the perfect fit! She feels privileged to be working at the General along with all her amazing co-residents. She currently lives in SF, enjoying the Golden Gate Park and all the festivities the neighborhood has to offer. Her other hobbies include reading the Harry Potter series (a goal for intern year!), trying different restaurants, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Linh.Vo@ucsf.edu

Katherine Wei

UCSF

Katherine was born and raised on the outskirts of Los Angeles, where the weather was so nice she decided she needed to leave California for college in order to experience something different. She went to Rice University in Houston where she studied psychology before moving back to California to attend medical school at UCSF. At UCSF, she cemented her interest in caring for the underserved and social justice through her work with the women’s jail, interpersonal violence, and student-run clinics. Katherine’s hobbies include hiking, baking, cooking, and eating delicious food with great friends! Katherine.Wei@ucsf.edu

Barby Zeldovich

UCSF

Varvara (Barby) Zeldovich was born and raised in Russia, received her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry at Cornell University, and completed her PhD at UCSF in placental biology with molecular and microbiological techniques. She subsequently spent several years getting to know healthcare as a venue for advocacy: volunteering as a health educator at the Women’s Community Clinic and Lyon-Martin Health Services, and volunteering with and serving on the board of ACCESS Women's Health Justice, a bay area reproductive justice organization. Upon completion of her MD at UCSF, she matched in Family Medicine at UCSF/SFGH. Her passion in medicine is focused around honoring and empowering people of all genders around their sexual and reproductive health, and bringing intersectional justice into the everyday of primary care. Her clinical interests include family planning, sexual health, gynecology through the age spectrum, as well as palliative and geriatric care. In her free time she loves zipping around the city on a bike, crafting snail-mail for friends and pen pals, getting into the chilly Pacific ocean, and making art and propaganda with her feminist screen-printing collective ArtBison. Varvara.Zeldovich@ucsf.edu
Chief Residents, 2017-18

Kimmy Chela

Albany Medical College

Kimmy grew up in Huntington Beach, aka Surf City USA. She studied Human Development at UCSD and decided to explore medicine as a future career. She worked for a couple of years for an internist and a pediatrician to determine if medicine was her path versus public health. She loved both and decided to first pursue an MPH in Community Health Sciences at UCLA. Then she went to the very cold east coast for medical school at Albany Medical College. She thoroughly enjoyed her time in NY, but missed CA dearly. She is ecstatic to be back and to live in one of her favorite cities. Kimmy has a strong passion for underserved communities, global health, and reducing health disparities and has worked with the homeless, adolescents with mental illness, at-risk children of all ages, and youth with disabilities. Outside of work, Kimmy enjoys cooking, trying delicious restaurants, spending time with her family and friends, hiking, enjoying the outdoors, and traveling. Karamjit.Chela@ucsf.edu

Tom McBride

Icahn School of Medicine

Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Tom graduated from Johns Hopkins University, where he studied Public Health. After graduating college, he joined Teach for America and began teaching science in the Bronx, where he worked for four years teaching at an international high school intended for English Language Learners. Tom attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he was most involved in the East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership, a free student-run clinic for uninsured patients of East Harlem. He worked at the clinic in a number of capacities and served as the clinic chair his fourth year. He chose UCSF/SFGH because of its commitment to the underserved and its alignment with his own interests in health and educational disparities. When not in the hospital, Tom enjoys learning to play random instruments like the banjo, training capoeira, exploring San Francisco’s food scene, and finding new outdoor adventures. Thomas.McBride@ucsf.edu

Nicole Person-Rennell

Mayo Medical School

Nicole was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, and attended Arizona State University/Barrett Honors College, where she obtained a Global Studies degree and lived abroad in South Africa for a year. She attended Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN, working on projects in refugee health, international health, and smoking cessation targeting the uninsured. She pursued a master’s degree in public health at the University of Cambridge on the Gates Cambridge Scholarship between her second and third years of medical school. Her thesis was on midwives' identification and response to IPV in pregnant women. She is interested in many exciting topics in family medicine, but especially women's health, global health, end of life decision making, and mental health. She is passionate about public health and impacting the social determinants of health to improve health outcomes for her patients. In her free time, she loves dancing, reading, biking, visiting national parks/anything outdoors, and spending time with her husband, awesome co-residents, and her two dogs! Nicole.Person-Rennell@ucsf.edu