HumAnes of UCLA

HumAnes of UCLA, created by Jordan Francke, MD, MPH, Resident Class of 2024, is an opportunity to get to know various members of the UCLA Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine (DAPM), from interns to CA-3s, fellows, attendings, and staff. Modeled off of "Humans of New York," we will periodically interview these team members to illustrate the rich diversity of backgrounds, interests, and experiences possessed by various members of our department. It is our hope that this will enrich our professional relationships by humanizing those we work with, fostering meaningful dialogues amongst colleagues, and breaking down hierarchical barriers. It is also an opportunity to learn what the people that make up DAPM look like without masks and outside of hospital attire!


Ryan Bakhit, DO, MHS

Ryan Bakhit, DO, MHS

October 26, 2023

Clinical Instructor of Anesthesiology


Garrett Snyder

October 23, 2023

Executive Assistant to the Chair

Komal Patel

Komal Patel, MD

September 12, 2023

Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology

Thang Tran

Thang Tran, MD

September 10, 2023

CA-1 Resident Physician

Lucy Mendez

Lucelva "Lucy" Mendez

July 7, 2023

Residency Program Manager

ace on bike

Andrew "Ace" Young, MD

July 6, 2023

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology


Tsione Holly, FNP, MSN, ANP-BC

May 29, 2023

Nurse Practitioner

Alan Zamora with his daughter and dog

Alan Zamora, MSN, CRNA

May 24, 2023

Assistant CRNA Manager

Theodora Wingert, MD

Theodora Wingert, MD

May 1, 2023

Director of Perioperative Informatics Research

Stephanie-Dee Sarovich at graduation

Stephanie-Dee Sarovich

April 3, 2023

Clinical Research Coordinator

Michael Sopher, MD

Michael Sopher, MD

March 17, 2023

Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs

Niko Massaly, PhD

Niko Massaly, PhD

March 3, 2023

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Micaela Zywicki, MD

Micaela Zywicki, MD

February 15, 2023

CA-2 Resident Physician

Miranda Le

Miranda Le

February 3, 2023

Communications Coordinator

Nir Hoftman fishing

Nir Hoftman, MD

February 1, 2023

Division Director of Thoracic Anesthesiology

Ryan McWhirter and Moose

Ryan McWhirter, MD, MS

January 20, 2023

CA-1 Resident Physician

Dr. Higgins and his family

K. Elliott Higgins, MD

December 16, 2022

Regional and Acute Pain Anesthesiologist

Shradha Khadge, MD hiking

Shradha Khadge, MD

December 2, 2022

Obstetric Anesthesiologist

Sergey Progushev and wife

Sergey Progushev, MD

November 11, 2022

CA-3 Resident Physician

Cynthia Leaks and her family taking a selfie on Christmas

Cynthia Leaks, MSN, CRNA

January 29, 2022

Nurse Anesthetist

Mark Guirguis relaxing in a hammock

Mark Guirguis, MD

January 19, 2022

PGY-1 Resident Physician

Grace Guzman doing yoga

Grace Guzman

December 19, 2021


Dr. Hai Pham lounging with a wine glass

Hai Pham, MD

December 1, 2021

Liver Transplantation Anesthesiology Fellow Physician

Eric Van Baarsel hiking

Eric Van Baarsel, MD

November 17, 2021

CA-1 Resident Physician