Dr. Thomas Gaither was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Indiana University and majored in neuroscience and psychology. After graduation he joined the Teach for America program and taught high school chemistry and biology in San Jose, CA. He later completed medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). During his time at UCSF, he completed a master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics (MAS) and received a grant to study complications to gender affirmation surgery. His research interests include reconstructive urology, LGBTQ+ health, medical education, and all facets of pediatric urology. He would like to pursue a fellowship after completing residency. In Los Angeles, Tom enjoys long distance running, swimming, weight lifting, rooftop bars, and brunch!
Dr. Peter Muraki grew up in Auburn, California. He graduated with honors from the University of California Davis, where he majored in Physiology and International Relations. He earned his M.D. at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. He spent a summer doing pediatric neurology research at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. His research interests during medical school included patient centered management of nephrolithiasis.
Dr. John Tucker Sigalos was born and raised in Tucker, GA. He attended Vanderbilt University as a Lanier Scholar and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Spanish. He then attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX where he was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society. His academic interests include public health, sexual medicine, and infertility.
Dr. James Weinberger was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He studied Chemistry and
Psychology at Duke University, where he graduated magna cum laude. At Duke, he played cornerback for the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Football team. He then spent a year as the research coordinator for the Institute for Bladder and Prostate Research, under the direction of Jerry Blaivas. He earned a dual degree MD, MBA at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine and Anderson School of Management. He was elected to AOA as well as the MBA Honor Society. He is interested in leadership, improving access to care, and health services research and looks forward to a career in academic urology.
Dr. Andre Belarmino was born in Brazil and raised in South Florida. He attended Princeton University and majored in neuroscience and psychology. His research in undergrad focused on behavioral learning and plasticity. He earned his M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College. His medical research was focused on understanding the socioeconomic impact on surgical outcomes. During his time in medical school, he began an advocacy in medicine initiative to promote physician activism for underserved populations. He is interested in using technology to improve access to healthcare.
Dr. Andre Belarmino is devoting his fourth year to leading the research endeavors of the Men’s Clinic at UCLA, under the mentorship and guidance of Drs. Jesse Mills and Sriram Eleswarapu, UCLA Urology faculty members. There, he will focus on identifying causes and possible therapeutic interventions for male factor infertility. His main project utilizes a mail-in semen analysis kit to assess rates of DNA fragmentation among sub-fertile cohorts, and optimization of semen cryopreservation. Dr. Belarmino will collaborate with Fellow Health in its DNA fragmentation test and mail-in semen kits, and will work on projects examining the cost-effectiveness and compliance of mail-in semen testing in the post-vasectomy patient. “My goal for this research year is to further my knowledge of infertility and andrology, and better understand how medical startups can integrate with academic medicine to advance health care,” Dr. Belarmino says.
Dr. Cindy Gu was born in China and raised in Houston, Texas. She attended Vanderbilt University where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Molecular Cellular Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She earned her medical degree at the University of Texas at Houston, where she was elected to AOA and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. During her medical school career, she was rewarded the John P. McGovern Humanities Scholar. She is interested in medical education, medical ethics and humanities, and looks forward to pursuing a career in academic urology. During her free time, she enjoys film, hiking, and exploring restaurants and rooftop bars around LA.
Dr. Cindy Gu is spending her research year investigating new diagnostic tools to better understand and treat patients afflicted with interstitial cystitis or bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS), under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. A. Lenore Ackerman, UCLA Urology assistant professor and director of research for the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Her research project aims to better categorize and identify clinical phenotypes of IC/BPS through objective measures by using machine-learning approaches and identifying unique urinary microbiome groups through PCR and next generation sequencing. “We often see IC/BPS patients in clinic and they can be some of the most difficult patients to treat because we just don’t know enough about them,” Dr. Gu says. “Treatments courses are often prolonged because it requires a lot of trial and error, as each patient’s symptoms are unique. Through better diagnostic tools and more accurate categorization of IC/BPS patients, future treatments and research can be tailored appropriately and accurately."
Dr. Lin was born and raised in Wenzhou, a small coastal city in southeast China. She studied Biosciences and Biotechnology at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles, California, and completed her doctoral study in human immunity and inflammatory bowel disease under the guidance of Dr. Jonathan Braun at UCLA. After completion of her Ph.D., she attended Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University for medical school with a full scholarship. During medical school, she spent a year of dedicated research investigating prostate cancer radiation immunotherapy with Dr. Robert Reiter at UCLA. Her current research interests include basic and translational research on immunotherapies for urological cancers. In her spare time, she enjoys long distance mountain biking, backpacking, interior design, and hunting for the best Asian street food that Los Angeles affords.
Dr. Lin Lin is spending her research year investigating the metabolism of a common type of kidney tumor called oncocytoma, under the supervision of Dr. Brian Shuch, UCLA Urology associate professor, director of the Institute of Urologic Oncology Kidney Cancer Program, and Henry Alvin and Carrie L. Meinhardt Chair for Kidney Cancer Research; and Dr. David Shackelford, associate professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and an expert in signal transduction and cancer metabolism. Using next-generation sequencing, gene expression analysis, and metabolic functional assays, the team aims to characterize the metabolic alterations in oncocytomas. “Renal oncocytoma is one of the most commonly encountered benign renal tumors, and currently we are unable to differentiate these lesions from malignant kidney cancers, which leads to unnecessary treatment and tremendous health care costs,” Dr. Lin explains. “We know oncocytomas are densely packed with mitochondria, where the biochemical processes of respiration and energy production occur; given that many cancers have mitochondrial defects, I hope this work will be a critical step toward understanding a wide range of pathologies in urologic cancers.”
Dr. Grace Sollender was born in Chicago and raised in Denver, Colorado. She completed both her undergraduate and M.D. degrees at Dartmouth. As an undergraduate, she graduated cum laude with majors in Biology and Spanish. In medical school, she graduated with honors and was elected to AOA. Outside of work, she enjoys running, skiing, baking, and yoga. She plans on pursuing a fellowship after completing residency and looks forward to a career in academic urology.
Dr. Grace Sollender is spending her research year exploring the experiences of patients and their families with the diagnosis and management of adolescent varicocele. Under the primary mentorship of Dr. Sriram Eleswarapu with Drs. Jennifer Singer and Christopher Saigal as co-mentors, she is employing qualitative research methods to elicit core themes that inform decision-making. "To better counsel patients and their families on how to proceed after diagnosis of a varicocele, this project aims to identify key factors at play when families are making a decision on management. Ultimately, our goal is to improve the patient and family experience," Dr. Sollender notes. She states, "During residency, my clinical work has focused my understanding of the importance of the family perspective as a key component of disease management in pediatric urology. To this end, I hope this work will be an initial step in sparking a career dedicated to taking care of pediatric patients and their families."
Dr. John Cabri was born and raised in San Jose, CA. He remained in the Bay Area for college where he attended Santa Clara University. In addition to working in residence life as a Resident Assistant and Assistant Resident Director, John volunteered as an on-campus EMT, led numerous undergraduate retreats, and was a two-time champion in intramural football and softball. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. degree in Biology (concentration in Molecular and Cell Biology) and Psychology. After graduating, John went on to work for a pediatric anesthesiologist for two years in a practice that focused on providing sedation for children undergoing major dental work and surgeries. It was in this role that John gained a valuable understanding of the inner workings of health insurance, medical billing, and healthcare disparities. John received his M.D. from The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. As a medical student, John facilitated curricular and admissions reform and represented DGSOM to the OSR, the student-led branch of the AAMC. His research in medical school focused on evaluating and describing the state of patient decision-making for urologic diseases and on shared decision-making between patients and their urologists, especially for kidney stones. Outside of medicine and the hospital, John enjoys cooking, hiking, golfing, snowboarding, and picnicking on the beach. If you take nothing else away from all this, just know that the ridiculous mustache in this photo no longer exists.
Dr. Ashley Green-Lott was born in Fairfield, California and raised in Sacramento. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. Ashley attended medical school at Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland and is an active duty Captain in the United States Air Force. Her research in medical school involved the prevalence of prostate cancer in veterans. Her current research interests include infertility and andrology, as well as developments in community education about prostate cancer and its treatment, especially in the Black community and for those underserved. Her hobbies include powerlifting, rock climbing, collecting sneakers and sampling as much Asian cuisine as possible.
Dr. Vadim Osadchiy was born in the far east of Russia and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended UC Berkeley and graduated with highest honors, majoring in microbial biology. Prior to medical school, Vadim worked as an analyst at a biotech startup focused on delivering an at-home model of clinical trials to patients with rare diseases. He earned his M.D. at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. Vadim is interested in men’s health, infertility, and the microbiome, and looks forward to a robust career in academic urology. Outside of work, Vadim enjoys weight lifting, tending to his indoor plant collection, and exploring new LA coffee shops.
Dr. Kyle Zuniga was born and raised in the Bay Area. He went to the University of Southern California for college where he majored in biological sciences with a minor in Spanish. While in college, he taught science to local elementary school students, studied abroad in the Basque region of Spain, and served on the executive board of USC's chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national health preprofessional honor society, as a mentor and career counselor. He attended medical school at Columbia University where he co-organized a monthly open-mic night in which he performed with a 90's cover band, was co-president of the LGBTQ+ organization Lambda, and served as a peer counselor through Columbia's Addiction Information and Management Services. Kyle also served as the medical student representative on the American Urological Association Medical Student Education Committee. He spent a year doing NIH-funded epidemiologic research at the University of California, San Francisco on diet and lifestyle, pathology, and outcomes among patients with urologic malignancies. This research ultimately culminated in a master's thesis on complementary medicine use among patients with prostate cancer. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys cooking and baking, is an avid podcast consumer (and is always looking for recommendations), and plays acoustic guitar. During his first year in urology, Kyle is looking forward to learning with and from his peers and joining the fabulous community of physician-leaders at UCLA.
Dr. Asha Ayub grew up in Portland, ME and graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Health and Society. After graduation, she worked in health policy at Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. Subsequently, she worked in health services research at RTI International on federally funded evaluations of Medicaid Expansion, Healthcare Innovation Awards, and the Microbicide Trials Network (in East and Southern Africa). She attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, where as a Ho Health Justice Scholar, she worked on initiatives to address prostate cancer disparities in African American men. As a resident, she plans to continue to research on healthcare delivery and healthcare disparities.
Dr. Aboubacar Kaba was raised in Atlanta, GA after his family immigrated from N'Zérékoré, Guinea when he was five years old. He graduated summa cum laude from THE ILLUSTRIOUS Alabama State University with a bachelor's degree in Biology and double minor in chemistry and math. He earned his medical degree with a distinction in Medical Education from Saint Louis University School of Medicine (SLUSOM), where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha and The Gold Humanism Honor Society. During his time in medical school, he advocated for curricular and policy changes to help facilitate a more equitable medical school experience for students of diverse backgrounds; earning him many recognitions including the Michael T. Railey Diversity Award and Robert H. Felix Award for extensive contributions to the welfare of the SLUSOM community. He research interest include medical education, quality improvement, patient & trainee advocacy and he is excited for a career in academic urology. He enjoys listening to Beyoncé, hiking, running, and trying new restaurants. He is a proud member of the Yelp Elite Squad.
Dr. Austin Lee was born in Texas, and subsequently raised in Chicago and Southern California. He ventured out east to Harvard University for college where he was a member of the NCAA Division 1 Men's Water Polo Team and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. After college, Austin worked as a consultant leveraging data-driven insights for hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and insurance providers to gain a broader understanding of the healthcare delivery space. He then pursued his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). While at UCSF, Austin spent a summer as an AUA Urology Care Foundation Summer Medical Student Fellow working on a mobile application to optimize lower urinary tract symptom and tamsulosin side effect tracking in elderly men with BPH. Now at UCLA, he is looking forward to developing his urologic research interests and surgical management. When not in the hospital, you can find Austin enjoying LA's finest beaches, hiking trails, gyms, and Korean BBQ.
Rashed Louay Kosber, MD
Dr. Rashed Louay Kosber (Chico) was born in Cairo, Egypt. He attended Amherst College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Economics. Prior to medical school, Chico taught elementary school with Americorps in New York City and sang tenor with the University Glee Club. He attended Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons where he graduated with The James McKiernan Prize for Compassionate Care in Urology and co-authored a successful grant from the Gold Humanism Foundation to prevent burnout in urology residents. He also conducted research with Dr. Steven Brandes on creating and comparing anterior urethral stricture scores. At UCLA, Chico is interested in reconstructive urology and a wide array of academic urology interests. Outside of residency he enjoys working through recipes from America's Test Kitchen, yoga, and enjoying the amazing LA weather ("it's a dry heat").
Dr. Jolie Shen grew up on an island near Seattle, WA. She graduated from Northwestern University with degrees in Economics and Global Health, then worked briefly in finance before making the decision to pursue medicine. Jolie returned to Seattle to attend medical school at the University of Washington where she was elected to AOA and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. As an underserved Pathway Scholar, she worked with several mentorship programs geared towards underrepresented groups in medicine and also as co-lead for UTEST, a nonprofit that provides free and anonymous HIV testing to the Seattle community. Her background in economics and statistics inspired her interest in population health and health services research, which she hopes to continue in residency. Outside of medicine, Jolie loves to golf, run, and attend anything where there might be live music.
Derian Taylor, MD
Dr. Derian Taylor was born and raised in Kansas City. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Biomedical Technology and a minor in chemistry. After graduation, she worked briefly as a consultant for a health information technology company before making the decision to pursue medicine. Derian went on to attend medical school at Saint Louis University School of Medicine where she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. While in medical school, Derian facilitated curricular and admissions reform and served as co-president of the school’s chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). Her research interest includes health equity with a vested interest in mitigating healthcare disparities, quality improvement, and cost-effectiveness in urologic interventions. In her free time, Derian enjoys going to concerts/music festivals, learning to play tennis, refurbishing old furniture, and watching trash reality TV. Outside of the hospital, you can also catch Derian exploring LA beaches and hiking trails with her dog Remi.
Benjamin Tooke, MD
Dr. Benjamin Tooke was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He attended Case Western Reserve University for his undergraduate education where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Business Management. Subsequently, he attended University of Michigan Medical School (Go Blue!) where he was first introduced to the field of Urology. During his time in medical school, he generated a diverse portfolio of research focused on pregnancy outcomes after vasectomy reversal procedures, proper use of new MRI technologies for risk-stratification of prostate cancer, bladder recovery after renal transplant, and competent delivery of sexual healthcare to patients with disabilities. Outside of the classroom, he also performed in and directed The Smoker, a century old Michigan Medical School cabaret-style musical that satirizes the lives of medical students and physicians. Now in California, Ben plans to take full advantage of the opportunities UCLA has to offer to become a thoughtful and innovative urologist.
Kevin Walsh, MD
Dr. Kevin Walsh was born and raised in Glendora, California. He attended UCLA, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in physiologic science. Prior to medical school, he worked for a national educational company, redesigning and implementing new SAT and AP curriculums. He then pursued his medical degree at the David Geffen School of Medicine, receiving the Regents Scholarship. His research in medical school centered on the influence of patient preference on decision making for various urologic diseases. Outside of the hospital, you can find him playing volleyball a local beach, exploring new restaurants, or smoking various types of meats on his grill.
Mamdouh Aker, MD
Dr. Mamdouh Aker was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois before him and his family moved to Ramallah, Palestine. After finishing high school, he moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA and received a B.S. in Psychobiology. During university, Mamdouh spent much of his time volunteering at and helping organize street-side clinics. After graduating, Mamdouh remained in Los Angeles and received his M.D. at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, where he worked on addressing health inequities in prostate cancer screening amongst low-income populations, and researched patient outcomes of focal therapy treatments for prostate cancer. Outside of work, Mamdouh enjoys both playing piano and guitar, as well as producing music. He also enjoys spending time exploring all of the unique food in Los Angeles, and proudly boasts to have curated the best list of restaurants in Los Angeles.
David Ho, MD
Dr. David Ho was born in Orange County and raised in Napa, CA. He completed his
undergraduate studies at UCLA, graduating with a bachelor of science in Ecology and
Evolutionary Biology. During his undergraduate career, David worked as a peer learning
supervisor within the Academic Advancement Program (AAP), one of the nation’s largest
student diversity and retention initiatives. He then pursued his medical degree at the David
Geffen School of Medicine as part of the PRIME-LA (Leadership and Advocacy) program, earning
a dual MD/MBA degree in conjunction with the Anderson School of Management. His research
work in medical school focused on utilizing costing methodologies and implementation
frameworks to elucidate delivery costs and increase impact of a prostate cancer shared decision
making program. He looks forward to pursuing interests in healthcare economics and quality
improvement during residency. Outside of the hospital, David is on the sidelines of a local gym
coaching youth basketball, swimming, cooking new one-pot recipes, and walking around golf
courses looking for his ball.
Eric Song, MD
Dr. Eric Song is a native of the Los Angeles County. His studies introduced him to the
Midwest, where he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in
Biochemistry and a minor in Healthcare Management, having published research
regarding the role of macrophages in metabolic disease. His studies continued close by
at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine (SLUSOM), where he obtained his MD,
graduated as a member of AOA, and served as the chair of the community service
committee. It was at SLUSOM where he discovered and developed his professional
interests in urology, which led to research regarding managing both upper urinary tract
malignancies of variant histology and female urethral trauma. He is excited to return
home to Los Angeles and to train with the outstanding community of urologists at UCLA.
In his free time, Eric enjoys playing basketball, following NBA news, skiing, admiring the
diverse car scene of Los Angeles, and also exploring its many food options.
Savannah Starr, MD
Dr. Savannah Starr was born in Bakersfield, CA and later raised in Ventura County, CA. She was the first person in her family to have the opportunity to go to college, ultimately choosing to attend University of California Santa Barbara under a Regents scholarship, where she graduated with a degree in Microbiology. After graduating university, Savannah continued her lifelong passion of addressing housing insecurity by completing a year of service with AmeriCorps, where she assisted people experiencing homelessness through street outreach, advocacy during the housing application process, and aiding with housing retention. Subsequently, she attended the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where she first developed interest in global surgery equity and urology. Her research in medical school focused on a broad variety of topics, including causes and consequences of surgical delay in a low-resource setting in Uganda, reviews of contemporary therapies for urothelial carcinoma, causes of parental dissatisfaction with bedwetting alarms, and comparative postoperative outcomes for robotic versus open pancreaticoduodenectomy. She hopes to continue research and advocacy centered on
delivering quality urologic care to underserved communities in her beloved LA community as well as around the world. Outside of work, Savannah enjoys reading as much fiction as possible, yoga, and taking her dog on outdoor adventures.