Danielle was born in Los Angeles and moved to the Bay Area for college at UC Berkeley where she double majored in Peace and Conflict Studies and Molecular and Cell Biology. Before medical school, she developed an interest in global health and worked in Nicaragua and Chile. She attended Harvard Medical School and became involved with a social justice organization in Liberia developing a women’s empowerment project through a Photovoice methodology. She is also passionate about serving the urban underserved and has spent time working with prison populations at San Quentin and at the Transitions Clinic as well as a medical assistant at Lyon Martin, a clinic serving women, lesbian, and transgender patients. Outside of medicine, Danielle loves hiking, cooking, yoga, and hot springs. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at UCSF in 2016 and is currently a chief resident.
A native Atlantan born to Puerto Rican parents, Ignacio went to college at Georgia Tech (Go Jackets!) before trekking to the unpredictable weather of St. Louis for medical school (Washington University). Clinically, he is interested in the underserved, medical informatics, Latino health, the quadruple aims, and healthcare policy. He loves playing chess, basketball, and has recently picked up biking. Ok that last part was a lie - he has started biking to work but is nowhere nearly that hardcore about it. In fact, he avoids as many hills as possible, but he does enjoy trying things at least once. Puns and bad jokes are his greatest weakness.
Lamercie Saint-Hilaire is a graduate of University of Central Florida. Drawn by their mission to serving the underserved, she attended Meharry Medical College where she earned a certificate in Health Policy through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and the AOA Honor Medical Society. Lamercie chose UCSF/ZSFG Family and Community medicine because of its excellent training in full spectrum primary care and mission towards social justice. Outside of providing care to her amazing patients, she is dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion along with unconscious bias and allyship curriculum development. Given her interest in medical education and mentorship, she is happy to be continuing as a chief resident. Lamercie loves cooking, dance parties, practicing self care, and spending time with her partner and awesome co-residents in this amazing city
PGY-3 Class of 2017
Suzanne was born and raised in North Carolina, and attended UNC Chapel Hill for both undergrad and medical school (go Heels!). During medical school, she spent a year at UCSF-SFGH researching gestational diabetes and postpartum mental health outcomes in low-income Latina women. While at UCSF, she also translated an online mood screener into Arabic, the results of which contributed to a first-of-its-kind mental health assessment of Arabic-speaking communities worldwide. She later spent time on the Turkish-Syrian border, working at a makeshift polyclinic serving 20,000 refugees displaced by the ongoing conflict in Syria. She is passionate about women’s health, mental health, global health, and social justice. What drives her most is the privilege to connect with people in a manner unique to medicine, being reminded through her interactions that every person has a story – and no story is small. In her free time, she enjoys hiking the breathtaking trails that dot the Bay, honing her interest in photography, and spending quality time with her husband.
Marina was born in raised in Downey, CA. She ventured east to Princeton University for undergrad where she was involved in the Chicano Caucus and outreach programs for the local Latino community. After college she worked for the Disparities Solutions Center in Boston where she helped developed programs to address racial and ethnic disparities in health care. She attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati and worked on the admissions and curriculum committees. Her interests in family medicine include chronic disease management, disparities in health care, and quality improvement with a focus on underserved populations. Outside of work, Marina enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, baking, and exploring SF restaurants.
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.
Emily grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated from Yale University with a degree in Biology. Before going to Albert Einstein College of Medicine, she briefly taught 7th grade science in the Bronx and then lived in Taiwan to get back in touch with her roots. During medical school, she co-founded a community garden affiliated with the university hospital in order to address the food desert in the Bronx and encourage mindfulness around eating. Her clinical interests also include Women's Health and Family Planning. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her partner and friends, reading (and attempting to write) poetry and fiction, being outside, and searching for cheap good food.
Jolie is from New Orleans, Louisiana, and is proud to be a born and bred New Orleanian. Jolie traveled out to California to study Biology Latin American Studies at the foggy University of San Francisco. During college she missed the tropical climate too much, so she headed down to Nicaragua for an internship working in sexual education, and to El Salvador for a liberation theology focused semester abroad. Even these several months in the tropics weren't enough, so Jolie returned to New Orleans for medical school at Louisiana State University. While back home, she continued working in her interests of medical education, sex ed, and underserved medicine, and is most proud of her time helping to run her school's homeless clinic. In her limited free time, she most enjoys traveling and a good book, as well as participating in two Mardi Gras krewes (social clubs) which promote the preservation of New Orleans heritage.
Emily grew up in Wisconsin, but went to New Jersey for high school. She returned to the Midwest for college and medical school at the University of Chicago. Initially planning on going into neurobiology research, she decided to go into medicine after volunteering as a case manager at a low-income clinic made her realize that she greatly enjoyed direct patient care. During medical school, she developed an interest in using system change and technology to empower patients and improve healthcare quality. She also loves the challenge of working with underserved, medically-complex populations, and integrating addressing psychosocial needs with medical care. Outside of medicine, she enjoys writing, eating, exploring the Bay area with her partner and friends, and tinkering on Intake.Me, the start-up she co-founded that is working to streamline the patient intake experience.
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.
Born and raised in Decatur (where it's greater), Georgia, Caroline attended Davidson College in North Carolina, where she studied abroad in Mwandi, Zambia at the peak of the village's HIV/AIDS epidemic. Her research there focused on adolescent reproductive and sexual health, and working in a hospital in a resource-limited setting began to spark thoughts of a career in medicine. Caroline then received a fellowship to study comparative healthcare in Western Europe, where she researched HIV-related sexual health and sex workers’ access to healthcare in Copenhagen, London, Paris, and Amsterdam. Later, at Emory, Caroline returned to sub-Saharan Africa twice: once to Malawi as a CDC Hubert Fellow, and then again to Mwandi, where she studied the impact of now-distributed anti-retroviral medications on the village. Medical interests include health systems and healthcare policy, maternal/child health, and the medical-legal system, the latter coming from a stint co-authoring books in the Ignorance Is No Defense series on rights and responsibilities of teenagers under the law. She is thrilled to explore the West Coast, and has huge ambitions to hike, bike, sail, and eat her way through the Bay Area.
Kenneth was born and raised in Los Angeles and attended UCLA for college. As an undergrad, he volunteered as a Spanish interpreter with the Care Extender Internship program at Santa Monica-UCLA Hospital and as a community health advocate with SCOPE at the Venice Family Clinic. Kenneth also traveled through Central America with International Service Learning, providing medical attention to indigent populations. After college, he completed a post-bac program at UC Davis, where he worked on the MICASA Project, looking at the etiology of poor health disproportionately affecting migrant farm workers and their families. Kenneth attended UCSF for medical school, and was part of the Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved. During this time he also completed an MPH at UC Berkeley with a concentration in epidemiology. Kenneth's ultimate goal is to utilize his personal background and education in medicine and public health to empower underserved communities, ensuring that they have a standard of living adequate for the maintenance and propagation of good health. Outside of work, Kenneth enjoys spending time with family and friends whether it’s traveling, enjoying the great outdoors, or over a tasty meal.
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!
Hannah was born and raised in the college town of Urbana, Illinois, and migrated to the University of Chicago for both her undergraduate education in biology and medical school. Her interests during her training have focused on underserved populations, with work ranging from HIV testing research with MSM in India to introducing urban medical students to rural underserved communities. In her final year of medical school she was a Schweitzer Fellow, which allowed her to work on discharge planning with HIV positive inmates at the Cook County Jail. Outside of work she loves cooking, exploring her new home of SF, and exploring the whole Bay Area through gorgeous hikes!
PGY-2 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.
Catalina Cuervo, University of Texas, Southwestern
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.
Maggie Dietrich, UC San Francisco
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.
Teresa Gomez-Bramble, Northwestern University
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)!
Jennifer Karlin, University of Chicago
Jen was born and raised throughout the country: California, 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 with disabled adults, a Mother Jones Magazine fellow, and a health care paralegal at the Legal Aid Society. During this time, she also wrote 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 and completed an MD/PhD in anthropology/history of science and medicine as well as a Fellowship in Clinical Medical Ethics from the University of Chicago. She is so excited to be returning to the Bay Area and is honored to work at SFGH alongside so many patients and caregivers dedicated to improving quality of life for everyone who comes through the institution’s doors. Outside of medicine, she enjoys sharing all outdoor activities in the water and on land with her husband, friends and her dog Kona.
Amanda Kim, University of Maryland
Amanda Wong 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.
Kaitlyn Krauss, UC San Francisco
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.
Chantal Lunderville, UCLA Geffen
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.
Meredith Mirrer, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
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.
Juliana Morris, Harvard Medical School
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.
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.
Milana PeBenito, UC San Francisco
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.
Eva Raphael, Emory University
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).
Alma Sanchez, Tulane University
Alma grew up in in the town of Hollister, California. She studied Biology and Spanish at Duke University, and then she attended Barry University to receive her master’s in Biomedical Science. She then received her medical degree at Tulane University. Alma’s hobbies include running, hiking, Latin dance and world travel.
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.
PGY-1 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.
Maggie Chen, UCLA Geffen
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.
Josh Connor, UCSF
Josh grew up in Oakland and Richmond, CA. He attended undergrad at Laney College and New College, completed a post-bacc 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kira Levy, UCSF
Kira was born and raised in Los Angeles, California 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 decided she never wanted to leave the Bay and attended a post-baccalaureate program at San Francisco State University, worked at SFGH doing reproductive health and health disparities research and then attended the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program for medical school. 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.
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 out to California for college where she studied Cultural and Social Anthropology and Biological Sciences at Stanford University. 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 the University of California, San Francisco, 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.
Katie Taylor, Icahn School of Medicine
Katie was born and raised in Sacramento, California, and attended Stanford Univeristy for college, 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-bacc 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 in general participating in other grandma-like activities.
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 for a number of years, 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-baccalaureate 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.
Ashley Tsang, University of Chicago
Ashley grew up in beautiful North Carolina and attended University of North Carolina, 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.
Van Vu, UCLA Geffen
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 an health education pipeline and mentorship program for high school students in East Los Angeles. 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.
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 Student National Medical Association. As a medical student, he was an active member of the Primary Care Leadership Academy and Primary Care Progress. Interested in leveraging clinical informatics in underserved settings, 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.
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.