EDI Chief Resident


Co-Presidents

Mary Obasi, MD

Mary Obasi, MD, MPH

Mary Obasi is a PGY-2 Categorial IM resident and Co-President of IM REDI. She received her Medical Degree from UC Davis School of Medicine, Master of Public Health in Quantitative Methods from Harvard Chan School of Public Health, and Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley. She is a Bay Area native from Richmond, California and daughter of Nigerian immigrants.

Olivia Jordan, MD

Olivia Jordan, MD

Olivia grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She went to Washington University in St. Louis for her undergraduate education, and then made her way to University of Chicago for medical school. Now, she’s joined her older sister out in Los Angeles for residency training, and has been having a great time learning alongside impassioned, kindhearted peers. In her free time, she loves to cook and also enjoys creating: whether sewing, making jewelry, or throwing pottery on the wheel.


Recruitment Subcommittee

Olu Akinrimisi, MD

Olu Akinrimisi, MD, MS

Olu is from Long Beach, California. He went to UCSD for undergraduate and medical school. He attended Johns Hopkins University, where he attained his master’s degree in healthcare management. He enjoys spending his free time building things, rollerblading, skateboarding, hiking, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Tara Townes, MD

Shatara (Tara) Townes, MD

Tara is a 2nd year Categorical IM resident and Co-Chair of the Recruitment Committee. She is a True Bruin having had all her post-secondary education at UCLA, including undergrad, medical school, and now residency. In her free time, you can find Tara lying on the beach or hiking while listening to her favorite LA native Hip/Hop and R&B artists…or watching re-runs of Issa’s Insecure


Curriculum Subcommittee
 

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Cameron J. Henneberg, MD

Originally from Pasadena, California, Cameron graduated from Princeton University with a degree in anthropology, then obtained his MD from Boston University School of Medicine. Along with the rest of the curriculum subcommittee, he hopes to incorporate topics such as social determinants of health, health disparities, and queer health into the Internal Medicine residency program's formal didactic curriculum.

Laura Santoso

Laura Santoso, MD

Laura is a senior internal medicine resident at UCLA. Born and raised in Massachusetts, she is dedicated to working with underserved populations and promoting equity in medicine. She studied bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology and earned her M.D. at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. As a medical student, she worked at free clinics and refugee programs, and initiated a depression and cognitive screening project at an HIV clinic in the Dominican Republic.


Medical Student Liaison Subcommittee

Nikko Gonzalez, MD

Nikko Gonzalez ,MD

Nikko Gonzales is a Los Angeles county native and current senior resident in the UCLA Olive View-Santa Clarita primary care track. Prior to residency, he completed his medical degree at UCSF where he was a member of PRIME-US (Program in Medical Education - Urban Underserved) track. Throughout his undergraduate and medical school career, he led and participated in a number of pipeline programs aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented students.

Mary Obasi, MD

Mary Obasi, MD, MPH

Mary Obasi is a PGY-2 Categorial IM resident and Co-President of IM-REDI. She received her Medical Degree from UC Davis School of Medicine, Master of Public Health in Quantitative Methods from Harvard Chan School of Public Health, and Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley. She is a Bay Area native from Richmond, California and daughter of Nigerian immigrants.


Community Outreach Subcommittee

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Kaahukane Leite-Ah Yo, MD

Kaahukane Leite-Ah Yo, or Kaahu for short, is a Native Hawaiian who grew up in Hilo, Hawaii and attended his medical school at the John A. Burns school of Medicine. Prior to medical school, he worked in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health where he participated in research focusing on the health benefits of cultural practices and traditional medicine.

IM REDI Committee - Residents


Spectrum-Alliance

Philip Chen

Philip Chen, MD

Philip is originally from San Francisco, but he seems to not be able to leave the LA sun! He is deeply honored to be involved with UCLA EDI as the Spectrum co-coordinator. Not only do we hope to synergize with the efforts of all the EDI projects this year but also, we hope to continue to build community within our LGBTQIA+ UCLA IM family and with our UCLA DGSOM medical school.

Julian Lejbman

Julian Lejbman, MD

Julian spent his formative years planning his escape from his hometown of Las Vegas. He went to college at the University of Pittsburgh then spent two years doing TBI research at the NIH. As a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania, he worked to improve access to primary care among pediatric patients experiencing homelessness and helped build a mental health resource network at a gender clinic for trans and gender non-conforming youth.