Please direct any inquiries to our Program.

Nina Talverdian (Program Coordinator) 
[email protected]

Bear Waters (Recruitment Coordinator) 
[email protected]u

NRMP # 1956140M0 (UCLA-VA Track)

NRMP # 1956140M1 (UCLA-OVMC Track)

Primary Faculty

Mina W. Ma, MD

Mina W. Ma, MD

Director, UCLA Internal Medicine Residency Primary Care Program

Dr. Mina Ma is the Director of the UCLA Primary Care Program as well as an Associate Program Director in the Department of Medicine Training Program.  She grew up in the Bay Area and obtained her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley, and then her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine.

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Lisa J. Skinner, MD

Program Director, UCLA Internal Medicine Residency Program 

Lisa Skinner is the Program Director of the internal medicine program and an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. Originally from Missouri, Lisa lived in Chicago, New Jersey, and Alabama before finally settling in California. She obtained her undergraduate degree at UCLA and a Master’s in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley.

Gifty-Maria J. Ntim, MD, MPH

Gifty-Maria J. Ntim, MD, MPH

Assistant Program Director

Dr. Gifty-Maria Ntim is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (MedPeds) and considers herself a ‘boots-on-the-ground’ primary care physician. She joined the Department of Internal Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the MedPeds Division in 2016.

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Arash Nafisi, MD

Assistant Program Director

Dr. Arash Nafisi received his Bachelors of Science degree from UCLA and his medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency training at Einstein / Montefiore’s Primary Care / Social Internal Medicine program in 2013 and completed his Medical Education Fellowship at UCLA. 

Brianna Cowan MD

Brianna Cowan, MD

Assistant Program Director

Dr. Brianna Cowan is a clinician-educator and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. She is originally from Wisconsin and completed her undergraduate and medical education at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Her residency training was at UCLA in combined internal medicine-pediatrics.

Marielle Bolano MD

Marielle Bolano, MD

Chief Resident, Primary Care

Marielle grew up with her extended family in the San Francisco Bay Area - her father's side immigrated to San Francisco and her mother's side to Oakland. After spending her childhood reconciling affinities to sports teams on both sides of the Bay, she attended undergrad at UC Berkeley - a team both sides of the family can root for (Go Bears!!).

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Soma Wali, MD

Chair, Department of Medicine, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center 

Dr. Soma Wali received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles and her MD from the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine at Chicago in 1994. She completed residency training from 1994-1997 in Internal Medicine at the Olive View-UCLA Program; followed by one additional year as Chief Resident.

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Neil Paige, MD, MSHS

Vice Chair for Education, VA Greater Los Angeles Medical Center

Dr. Neil Paige received his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine.  He completed his internal medicine internship and residency at the Stanford University Medical Center.  He completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA and received a Master’s of Science degree in Health Services Research from the UCLA School of Public Health. 


Key Faculty - UCLA Santa Monica/ West LA VA

  • Alan Chu, MD
  • Allison Diamant, MD MSHS
  • Jessica Liao, MD
  • George Yen, MD
  • Joshua Khalili, MD
  • Jonathan Barthelet, MD
  • Ariana Wilkinson, MD
  • Gregory Lam, MD
  • Maile Borthwick, MD
  • Rachel Dajani, MD
  • Shahryar Manavi, MD
  • Evelyn Chang, MD

Key Faculty - UCLA Santa Clarita/ Olive View Medical Center

  • Laxmi Suthar, MD
  • Michael Rotblatt, MD
  • Sural Shah, MD, MPH
  • Hijab Zubairi, MD, MPH
  • Arleen Brown, MD, PHD
  • Sahar Soleymani, MD
  • Arineh Melkonian, MD
  • Kenny Pettersen, MD, MPH
  • Gezman Abdullahi, MD
  • Danny Georgie, MD
  • Ana Rivera, MD
  • Arineh Melknonian, MD
  • Devesh Upadhya, MD
  • Stephanie Young, PsyD, MPH