Dr. Rahul Ahuja was born in Sacramento and was raised in New Delhi, India. He graduated from Boston University in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering and worked in the Biomedical industry before starting medical school in 2012 at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at Shadyside in 2019. Rahul's interest in geriatrics stemmed from growing up in the same household with his grandparents and blossomed into a career choice while working at the SNF associated with his residency program. He is interested in practicing in the in- and out-patient settings with a special focus on transition-of-care from hospital to home for the elderly.
Dr. Chandana Das was born in Los Angeles and grew up mostly in Lancaster, CA. She received a B.S in Human Development from Cornell University in 2006, an M.A. in Medical Sciences from Boston University School of Medicine in 2008, and an M.D. from St. George’s University in 2013. She did her Internal Medicine internship at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, NY and finished her residency at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY. She became interested in geriatrics during her residency because she saw the many areas of geriatrics care that needed attention and improvement. She wants to make sure her elderly patients are able to enjoy their golden years with their family and friends in the happiest and healthiest way possible. She is also interested in a career in academic medicine and possibly in research in the field.
Camille Hunter grew up in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated from Occidental College in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. She attended medical school at the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine - Phoenix and received her MD degree in 2016. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California. Camille enjoys spending time with older adults and has particular interest in medically complex patients and end of life care. Her goal is to become a primary care geriatrician, but she is also interested in inpatient geriatrics consults and care at skilled nursing facilities.
Dr. Lee was born and raised in San Jose, California. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology. She then graduated from St. George’s University in Grenada with an M.D. degree in 2016. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian-Queens Hospital in Flushing, New York. Julianne’s interest in Geriatrics stems from her experience of growing up with a brother with severe anoxic brain injury requiring full care as well as being raised by both grandmothers. She also intends to pursue Palliative Care fellowship next year and ultimately, hopes to care for the geriatric population in an outpatient setting focused on primary care.
Dr. Mathew was born in Tulsa, OK and raised in Dallas, TX. She graduated from Baylor University in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience and received an M.S. in 2012 from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and D.O. degree in 2016 from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at UNTHSC. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa. Manju’s interest in geriatrics developed during her medical school rotations in Neurology and from her close relationships with her grandmother, elderly neighbors and church members. In medical school, she was fascinated with cognition in the aging brain and improving the individualization of health care for older patients. In residency, she realized her passion for preserving independence and reducing isolation and depression among geriatric patients. She is planning to pursue these interests through a career in post-acute and outpatient care.
Oren Raphael grew up in Los Angeles. He attended undergrad at UCLA and Columbia University. He went on to a bilingual medical program in Guadalajara, Mexico followed by an internship year in Puerto Rico. His years traveling Latin America offered tremendous personal and professional growth. He returned to NYC as an internal medicine resident at Lincoln Hospital, one of the busiest public hospitals in the country. In residency, his close connection with patients and families led him to a palliative care fellowship at the VA and Mount Sinai Hospitals. He is now honored to continue his journey back at UCLA.
Dr. Singh was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He played collegiate tennis with Xavier University in New Orleans while studying to become a pharmacist. Later he shifted his attention to medicine as a whole, moving to Northern India to complete his Medical Degree. Returning to his home state of Louisiana, he recently completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the Baton Rouge General Hospital. Southern California has always been his dream place to live and practice medicine. Geriatric Medicine holds a dear place in his heart, as it is a way for him to give back to the community.
Dr. Solomon was born in the former USSR and raised in the large metropolis of NYC. After obtaining her B.S from Adelphi University (Long Island, NY) as a Biochemistry Major, Biology Minor and Honors College graduate, she moved to Henderson, Nevada where she completed her osteopathic medical education in 2015 at Touro-University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Solomon is a Family Medicine physician who completed her training at PIH Health-Whittier Family Medicine program in Southern California. It was during her residency that helped awaken her passion for the uniquely wonderful geriatric population. In between her residency graduation and the start of her geriatric fellowship, she worked for a large occupational medicine company as well as being employed for several urgent care groups throughout southern California. She has a particular interest in preventative and hospice care in the geriatric population.
Dr. Thies was born and raised in Slovakia. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with focus on Finance. She completed her medical school education at Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and subsequently completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Garden City Hospital in Michigan. Prior to medical school, she worked as a caregiver for elderly patients, which had positively contributed to her interest in geriatric medicine. She is very interested in improving the quality of care of geriatric population, and prevention of elder abuse. Her interests also include healthy aging and geriatric dermatology.
Dr. Uyan was born and raised in Southern California. He graduated from UC Irvine in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Neurobiology and received his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Georgetown University/ Washington Hospital Center. Ryan’s interests in geriatrics started when his grandfather was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and he experienced the difficulties of navigating through the health care system. He is interested in home based primary care as well as inpatient hospital medicine. He plans to pursue academic geriatric medicine as he really enjoys working with medical students and residents.
Dr. Wong was born and raised in the Bay Area and attended Brown University where she studied Neuroscience. After graduation, she performed translation science research in Central Nervous System Lymphoma at UCSF before starting medical school at Stony Brook University. She then went on to complete her residency training in Internal Medicine at UC Davis. It was in residency that she learned the importance of a geriatrics approach to health care delivery. Valerie is passionate about medical education, quality improvement, and has a burgeoning clinical interest in home care. She hopes to continue to work on projects that will disseminate novel approaches to delivering education on the unique needs of the elderly.
Raised in New York City, Ivy Akid has a passion for helping others from various backgrounds. Throughout the years, she has held jobs both big and small- from tutoring to waitressing, to working for an engineering firm, etc. Her ambitions and interest in science led her to complete a BSc. in Chemistry at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Later she received her M.D from Ross University School of Medicine and residency training in Family Medicine in the good old' South Tallahassee, FL. Furthermore, she continued to pursue a degree in Masters of Public Health at Dartmouth University. She was part of several research projects including topics in the H1N1 influenza epidemic, pharmacotherapy in colorectal carcinoma, and in-hospital cardiac arrests. It was in residency she recognized the importance of geriatric care and specific needs of this population. She is excited to learn more and continue growing in her career at the UCLA geriatric fellowship.
Ali Aldabbagh was born in Baghdad, Iraq. He finished his medical school education in the University of Al-Mustansiriyah school of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Montefiore Mount Vernon in New York. During his medical training, he has largely interacted with old age group patients, which had built his compassion, caring, and empathy. His goal is to help keep the old age group patients active in their lifestyle with less limitation from their medical condition and medical management. This can be achieved with better understanding of the diseases’ pathophysiology, and focusing on Preventive Medicine and patient-centered care.
Carl "Cal" Burton is a Washington DC native, and he completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland. He then attended Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine for medical school and completed his internal medicine residency at UCLA. He is Spanish speaking and has extensive global health experience in Bolivia, Argentina and Peru. Besides global health outreach, his scholarly interests also include work with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, with a focus on the geriatric cohort, and he has completed quality improvement work regarding goals of care documentation in older patients.
Karen (Pingting) Nie was born in China and grew up in Maryland. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor’s in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and received her M.D. from University of Maryland. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. Karen’s interest in geriatrics grew from her close relationship with her grandmother. She is also interested in quality improvement, health systems research, and advocacy. She is hoping to create a career that will allow her to pursue these interests while continuing to see patients, from which she find her greatest joy and inspiration.
Faustine Ong was born and raised in Indonesia. She graduated Medical School from the University of Indonesia in 2010. Dr. Ong completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Her interest in Geriatrics began after her first exposure to the field during her Geriatric Medicine rotation in Medical School. She found that Geriatric Medicine offered the opportunity to place the patient’s quality of life at the center of medical decision-making. Her research interests include Alzheimer’s dementia and cognitive disorders, which she hopes to pursue in her future career as a Geriatrician.
Norka Quillatupa Valencia was born and raised in Peru. She studied Medicine at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, in her home country. After graduating from Medical School, she held several positions in the medical field before settling at the Santa Maria Nursing Home in Lima, Peru. Later, she decided to follow her father’s footsteps and pursue a career in Geriatrics. She matched into an Internal Medicine Residency at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City. Currently, she is undergoing training as a Geriatrician at UCLA and is interested in academics and research.
Eukesh Ranjit was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. He received his MBBS degree from Kathmandu University in 2010. He is plans to complete his residency in Family Medicine from Louisiana State University (Shreveport) at Monroe in June 2018. Eukesh's interest in geriatrics stemmed from his close relationship with his grandmother. He served as Chief Resident in his residency and as State Delegate to American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) National Congress of residents. He plans to pursue his interest in Geriatrics through a career in academic medicine.
Mahvand Sadeghi has a Master’s in Gerontology from King’s College London where she expanded the scope of her contextual understanding to include global issues in the politics of aging. Prior to medical school she spent several years working in various non-profit agencies focused on biopsychosocial issues related to aging for older adults and their families including caregiver advocacy/education, behavioral mental health, aging in place, and continuing education for gerontology advocates and providers. She completed her residency at Eisenhower Medical Center in Internal Medicine, where she was a Chief Resident. She worked as a Medical Educator and Hospitalist for Internal Medicine residents at St Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco.
Nilofar Sanaiha, DO was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from UCI with a BS in Biological Sciences in 2007 and subsequently, with an MS in Food Science from Chapman University in 2011. She completed medical school at ATSU SOMA in 2015 and recently completed family medicine training at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles. Her natural gravitation toward teaching inspired and drew her to work with the elderly because both physicians and the elderly are first and foremost, teachers. She values the continuity of care that is so integral to geriatric medicine, and hopes to build meaningful and lasting relationships with all of her patients. She has a particular interest in preventative and end of life care in the elderly.
Elizabeth Tanner was born and raised in rural Southern Maryland. She graduated from Smith College in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Through the St. George's University Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program, she completed her medical school training in England, India, Grenada, and the United States. She completed residency in Internal Medicine at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, RI. Dr. Tanner values patient education, multi-cultural understanding, and places high priority on quality of life in her practice of medicine so patients and their families can feel empowered to make the best medical decisions, even in difficult situations.
Dr. Mohammed Yousuf Zaveri was born and raised in Orange County, California. He received his medical education from Baqai Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his family medicine residency at Riverside University Health System. Yousuf’s interest in Geriatrics began as a close relationship with his grandparents. During residency, his exposure to Palliative and Geriatric Medicine in the settings of outpatient, inpatient, and nursing home care further interested him to explore the field of Geriatrics. His plan is to pursue this interest and strike a lasting practice to serve an underserved Geriatric population in the near future.