Academic Research Track Fellows

Aleksandr Gorin

Aleksandr Gorin, MD, PhD

Undergraduate: UC San Diego
Medical School: UCLA
Residency: UCLA Medical Center
Track: Academic Research Track
Hometown: Born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Raised in San Diego, CA

Academic/Clinical Interests:
Immunity to viral pathogens, vaccine design

General Interests:
Most days I can be found snuggling my dog! Otherwise I enjoy eating my way around Los Angeles, hiking, and traveling to as many national parks and foreign countries as I can

Why UCLA?
So many reasons! First was the clinical diversity of a major academic center, a community hospital, a county hospital and a VA. Second were the research environment and opportunities to connect between clinical and basic researchers across the street on the undergraduate campus. And finally lifestyle - it’s hard to leave Southern California! The weather, beaches, food are all really hard to beat.


Katherine Li, MD

Katherine Li, MD

Undergraduate: Princeton
Medical School: Weill Cornell Medicine
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital
Track: Academic Research Track
Hometown: Plainsboro, NJ

Academic/Clinical Interests:
STI/HIV prevention, global health

General Interests:
Reading sci-fi/fantasy, traveling, yoga, tea, classical music

Why UCLA?
From a training perspective, the department is clearly expanding epi and global health research and investing in research trainees. I had great conversations with my interviewers, and I really felt like I would be welcomed and supported. Moreover, I love the diversity and energy of the city and I'm looking forward to working with the patients across the five hospitals. I have never lived on the west coast before and I am super excited for this new adventure!


Katherine Loomis, MD

Katherine Loomis, MD

Undergraduate: University of Southern California
Medical School: Michigan State University
Residency: University of Southern California
Track: Academic Research Track
Hometown: Pasadena, CA

Academic/Clinical Interests:
The intersection of substance use disorders and infectious diseases, HIV prevention and optimization of HIV care continuums, and social and structural determinants of infectious diseases

General Interests:
Cooking, photography, reading whodunits, candle making, Ken Burns documentaries, spending time with my family and pets

Why UCLA?
I was drawn to UCLA as it offers unique, individualized pathways within the Academic Research and Clinical Scholar tracks that are reinforced by outstanding mentorship. For myself, the Academic Research track and STAR program were decisive factors as they provide years of dedicated research training and mentorship within one’s area of interest. Additionally, the opportunity to work with mentors across a variety of departments, including the School of Public Health, was an exciting feature of the program. Finally, I was confident the UCLA ID Program would provide me a strong clinical foundation, owing to its diverse, multi-campus clinical sites and well-rounded faculty.


Clinical Scholar Track Fellows

Sarah Bentil-Owusu, MD

Sarah Bentil-Owusu, MD

Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Residency: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Track: Clinical Scholar Track
Hometown: Dunkwa-On-Offin, Ghana

Academic/Clinical Interests:
Infectious disease/Critical Care, Transplant ID, HIV and global health

General Interests:
Exploring different cuisines particularly anything spicy, dancing, spending time in nature, traveling, reality TV shows

Why UCLA?
I was initially attracted to UCLA because of the breadth of training that fellows are exposed to at the 5 different sites. I desired an expansive and varied training within the realm of infectious diseases and this program was confident in fulfilling my interests. During the interview day, although virtual, the fellows and faculty made us feel at home and took a genuine interest in what I had to offer to the program. I am looking forward to experiencing what UCLA has to offer and excited to explore the sunny west coast!


Austin Fan, MD

Austin Fan, MD

Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Residency: Loyola University Medical Center
Track: Clinical Scholar Track
Hometown: Culver City, CA

Academic/Clinical Interests:
Antimicrobial stewardship, immunocompromised and transplant ID, HIV advocacy, sexually transmitted infections, public health

General Interests:
Traveling, hiking, exploring LA's different neighborhoods and their cuisines

Why UCLA?
I chose UCLA for the unparalleled diversity of ID we get to experience across five different clinical settings and patient populations. I was also drawn to UCLA's supportive mentorship and the incredible research and antimicrobial stewardship opportunities with an amazing faculty. Finally, as a West LA native, I am excited to return home to complete my training closer to family and friends!


Nicole Fossas Braegger, MD

Nicole Fossas Braegger, MD

Undergraduate:University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Medical School:Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
Residency: Ochsner Clinic Foundation
Track: Clinical Scholar Track
Hometown: San Juan, PR

Academic/Clinical Interests:
Medical education, hospital epidemiology, antimicrobial stewardship

General Interests:
Traveling, playing indoor/outdoor soccer, sailing

Why UCLA?
I was drawn to UCLA’s ID program due to the incredible patient diversity seen across the five training hospitals. With Los Angeles’ unmatched cultural diversity, it seemed like a place where I would get a very broad and comprehensive training in ID. Additionally, during my interview day, the attendings and fellows fostered a collegial, nurturing, and genuinely friendly environment, and I knew it would be a good fit for me. The perfect year-long weather and the city’s food and entertainment scenes are just extra perks!


Leon Hsueh, MD

Leon Hsueh, MD

Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical School: University of Illinois
Residency: Brown University
Track: Clinical Scholar Track
Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Academic/Clinical Interests:
Hospital epidemiology, infection control

General Interests:
Bay Area sports teams, cooking, board games

Why UCLA?
As a California native, I am excited to be back in the Golden State. I wanted to come to UCLA because of the multiple training sites as well as the city's immense cultural diversity. During the interview, I was impressed by how supportive and friendly the faculty and fellows were. It also helps that LA has some of the best food in the world!


Sowmya Kalava, MBBS

Sowmya Kalava, MBBS

Medical School: Mamata Medical College
Residency: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Elmhurst)
Track: Clinical Scholar Track
Hometown: Memphis, TN

Academic/Clinical Interests:
Infectious disease-critical care, antibiotic stewardship, global health

General Interests:
Baking, spending time with friends and family, cooking new recipes, spending time at the beach

Why UCLA?
There are so many things that drew me to UCLA! I really liked the breadth of experiences that would come with being able to work in a full range of medical centers and the diversity of patients and pathology. In addition to that, on interview day, I remember how warm and genuinely happy everyone was.The beautiful city and year round perfect weather was just the icing on the cake! I am so excited about all of the opportunities and looking forward to the good times to come!


Stephenie Le, MD

Stephenie Le, MD

Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Residency: UC San Francisco
Track: Clinical Scholar Track
Hometown: Fountain Valley, CA

Academic/Clinical Interests:
ID in underserved populations, immunocompromised and transplant ID, medical education, ID/Addiction med.

General Interests:
Cooking, hiking and camping, travel, tennis, board games, exploring foods/different cuisines

Why UCLA?
I'm excited to train at UCLA for the clinical breadth of infectious diseases at the 5 hospital sites in the diverse city of Los Angeles. I was also drawn to UCLA's culture of supportive mentorship and look forward to training with UCLA's awe-inspiring faculty. Moreover, I'm glad to be moving to Los Angeles to be closer to my sister & family and reunited (finally!) with my partner.


Mark Mayo, MD

Mark Mayo, MD

Undergraduate: Virginia Commonwealth University
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania
Residency: University of Washington
Track: Clinical Scholar Track
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

Academic/Clinical Interests:
Immunocompromised host ID, infection and colonization in patients with structural lung disease, solid organ transplantation in people living with HIV

General Interests:
Hiking, road tripping, coffee, and outdoor photography

Why UCLA?
I chose UCLA for the breadth of clinical exposure across multiple training sites, the high-volume solid organ transplant programs, and the ability to focus on a clinical niche through training tracks in the clinical scholars program. Having already completed one fellowship at UCLA, I know that the trainee experience is both patient- and learner-centric and enriched by opportunities to serve both diverse and medically complex patients.


Elizabeth Ranson, MD

Elizabeth Ranson, MD

Undergraduate: Dartmouth/Columbia
Medical School: Columbia
Residency: UCLA
Track: Clinical Scholar Track
Hometown: New York, NY

Academic/Clinical Interests:
Sexually transmitted infections, reproductive health, HIV, global health, and implementation science

General Interests:
Spending time with my daughter, baking, hiking, gardening.

Why UCLA?
I value UCLA's breadth of exposure to different patient populations and different healthcare systems across its several campuses, as well as the diversity of Los Angeles. I am also excited by the availability of superb mentorship and access to the resources of the whole University.


Kyla Sherwood, MD

Kyla Sherwood, MD

Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical School: UCLA
Residency: UC San Francisco
Track: Clinical Scholar Track
Hometown: Sudbury, MA

Academic/Clinical Interests:
Medical education, tuberculosis

General Interests:
Playing squash, cooking, reading fiction, spending time at the beach

Why UCLA?
I really valued the diverse clinical training experience and exposure to many different patient populations and healthcare settings offered by the multicampus program. I was excited by the tremendous opportunities within the Clinical Scholar track to combine my interests within ID drawing from the fantastic faculty mentorship and numerous research resources at UCLA. I am so excited to join this supportive ID community and to live in the wonderful city of Los Angeles!


Moises Vargas Mena, MD, MPH

Moises Vargas Mena, MD, MPH

Medical School: Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud
Residency: Griffin Hospital
Track: Clinical Scholar Track
Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Academic/Clinical Interests:
Global Health, Public Health, Healthcare delivery in resource constrained settings

General Interests:
Fútbol (come on you Spurs!), tennis, hiking, cooking, travel, dogs (please ask me about Jax!)

Why UCLA?
I chose UCLA as it is an outstanding academic entity with diverse patient population, pathology and practice settings, thanks to its Multicampus nature. The opportunities for mentorship in my specific area of interest are unparalleled! Finally, it happens to be located in a fantastic city with fantastic weather!


Rolando Zamora Gonzalez, MD

Rolando Zamora Gonzalez, MD

Medical School: Universidad de Costa Rica Facultad de Medicina
Residency: University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
Track: Clinical Scholar Track
Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica

Academic/Clinical Interests:
HIV/AIDS and associated opportunistic infections, General ID, Global health/underserved populations, academic internal medicine, Clinical problem solving, Critical Care

General Interests:
Playing/watching soccer, running, biking

Why UCLA?
Being a top academic institution in a city like Los Angeles, with such a diverse patient population, makes UCLA an ideal setting to train in infectious diseases. Plus, you get to do it while living in a coastal city with amazing weather. Such a combination was just perfect for me when looking for a fellowship program.


Combined ID/Preventive Medicine Trainee

Cassandra Lautredou, MD

Cassandra Lautredou, MD

Undergraduate: UCLA
Medical School: University of Arkansas
Residency: Duke University
Track: Clinical Scholar Track
Hometown: Fort Smith, Arkansas

Academic/Clinical Interests:
Public Health

General Interests:
Reading, travel, language learning (working on French and Spanish right now), indoor cycling, roller skating, and dancing

Why UCLA?
I went to UCLA for undergrad, and I wanted to be back in sunny Los Angeles at an outstanding program for Infectious Disease fellowship. UCLA fit the bill! The UCLA ID fellowship offers a plethora of clinical and research experiences in a bustling metropolis. The multi-campus program provides a breadth of exposure to different clinical scenarios and patient populations. Fellowship interviews were via Zoom this year, which made the “vibe” of a program difficult to grasp at times. However, after talking with the current fellows, staff, and Dr. Graber I knew that I would be right at home! 


STAR Fellow and Clinical Instructor

Mary “Catie” Cambou, MD

Mary “Catie” Cambou, MD

Undergraduate: UC Berkeley, Molecular and Cell Biology
Medical School: UCLA
Residency: Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine
Track: Academic Research Track
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Academic/Clinical Interests:
HIV in Women, Global Health, Emerging Epidemics

General Interests:
Photography, film, spending time with my family

Why UCLA?
I chose UCLA for the STAR program: one year of intense clinical training at a world-renowned academic institution, followed by protected research time with support from leaders in the field. As a graduate of UCLA medical school, I can attest to the outstanding mentorship offered by the ID department, and unique opportunities in cutting edge HIV research.