Elizabeth Asfaw, MD
Elizabeth (Liz) grew up in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, CA. She attended undergrad by the ocean at UC San Diego where she majored in human biology and minored in ethnic studies. She then entered medical school at the UCLA/Drew Medical Education Program, where she focused on providing care to underserved populations in Los Angeles. There, she realized her passion for primary care, equity/diversity/inclusion, and mentorship. Liz chose to attend UCLA’s IM primary care track for its strong training, the diversity of sites/patient population, and its amazing support from leadership and fellow co-residents. During residency, Liz was part of the IM EDI committee, co-leading the program’s EDI curriculum efforts. Now as chief resident, she hopes to further develop the residency’s EDI curriculum, as well as get residents excited about primary care. On her free time, you can find her finding new places to eat in LA, and playing with her frenchie Mo.
Laura Glassman, MD
Laura grew up in a small town in Connecticut. She spent her time playing field hockey/softball and going to Yankees games with her family, including her grandpa- an original Brooklyn Dodgers fan. She attended Tufts University, where she obtained a BS in Biopsychology, and developed a love for hiking and ultimate frisbee. Laura originally planned to pursue a PhD and spent two years working in an oncology lab at NYU focusing on developing an early screening test for lung cancer and mesothelioma. However, she realized that she most enjoyed working with patients and left the lab bench to return to Tufts for medical school. As an applicant, Laura was impressed by UCLA's academic environment and engaged residents + community, as well as the prospect of year-round outdoor activities, and made the move to Los Angeles! During residency, Laura realized her passion for medical education and is pursuing fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care, where she plans to continue teaching residents/students and working in public health. During her days off, Laura can be found exploring California's amazing hiking + camping spots, spending time with her sister and being chased by her niece/nephew.
Lovelee Brown, MD
Lovelee grew up in Sacramento, California in a wonderfully multicultural home enveloped by the Jamaican, Korean, and German influences of her parents. With the unconditional support of her family, she became the first to attend college and completed her BA in Medical Anthropology with a minor in Modern Languages (emphasis in Korean and Spanish Language) from Stanford University. Upon graduation, Lovelee spent time as a health policy fellow for Congresswoman Barbara Lee, before completing her Research Fulbright in S. Korea. Her adventures across the country and globe finally landed her in the tight knit community of Dartmouth Medical School. Despite surviving the Polar Vortex and traversing the Canadian border to experience the incomparable Montreal, she decided it was time to return to home to California. Lovelee fell in love with UCLA as it was a place where she could proudly live out her mission of serving the marginalized, training with the best, but also collaborating with a warm, mission oriented group of faculty and peers. She graduated as part of the inaugural Olive View-Santa Clarita Primary Care track, which she knows has well prepared her for a career in primary care. Lovelee is also serving as the inaugural Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) chief for the department of Internal Medicine. She feels the combination of primary care and EDI is a dream job. In her spare time, Lovelee enjoys learning about the culture of Los Angeles by discovering new museum exhibits, attending various community and cultural festivals, and of course new places to eat (especially in Koreatown).
Nika Harutyunyan, MD
Nika is originally from Armenia where she spent most of her childhood until she moved to the Los Angeles. She obtained her B.S. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from UCLA and attended medical school in beautiful North Carolina at UNC Chapel Hill. She was happy to return to her second home of Los Angeles and completed her residency at UCLA where she found herself a part of a kind, caring, and evidence-based healthcare team. She first became interested in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety during her medical school years where she realized that small impactful changes can lead to big outcomes. This passion continued throughout her residency where she completed the Health Systems and Management Pathway and was a QI scholar. Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling. She is looking forward to learning, teaching, and hopefully making impactful changes during this unique year!
Ziwei Wang, MD
Ziwei was born in Beijing, China and moved to the US with her family when she was a toddler. She initially lived in Wyoming for the first few years before her family relocated to the Bay Area when she entered first-grade. After spending the rest of her childhood growing up in the heart of Silicon Valley, she left the great state of California to attend college at Duke University. It was during undergrad that she completed a B.S. in neuroscience while also learning of the joys of late-night dorm runs to Cookout, tenting in the winter for Duke basketball games, and surprise summer rainstorms. After college, she worked as a clinical research coordinator at Stanford University for a year before attending medical school at UCSD. UCLA became the obvious choice for residency when Ziwei felt an immediate and intangible sense of community and connection to the residents, in addition to the program’s already known reputation for excellent clinical training and ample scholarship opportunities. During residency, she completed the Health Systems and Management Pathway and pursued interests in clinical research, quality improvement, and mentorship. She is very excited to pursue a career in Allergy and Immunology after her chief year! Outside of the hospital, you may find her cruising on her bike down the beachside bike paths, frequenting ice cream shops around LA, and embarking on multi-day backpacking expeditions in the great outdoors.
Shilpa Vasishta, MD
Shilpa grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ and aspired as a child to become a ballet dancer. She attended Barnard College in New York, where she majored in Neuroscience and Behavior, then spent two-and-a-half years teaching high school math as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa. She attended medical school at the University of Chicago where she met her California-born husband and traveled to LA for the very first time for her medicine residency interview. Shilpa was drawn to the community of strong, passionate, and down-to-earth residents she encountered at UCLA, and was thrilled to call this her new home. While in residency, Shilpa has worked to hone her teaching skills through the medical education pathway, and clinically has found her calling in infectious diseases, in which she will be pursuing a fellowship. Outside of work, Shilpa can be found biking in Santa Monica, reading novels, and eagerly awaiting the return of in-person (amateur) ballet classes.
Evan Shih, MD
Evan was born and raised in Rochester, New York and lived in the small town of Fairport until he was 12, when he and his family traded seasons for sunshine and moved to Irvine, California. He graduated with a B.S. in physiology from UCLA and was excited to continue his medical school education at the David Geffen School of Medicine. At DGSOM, he discovered his passion for medical education and knew a career in academic hospitalist medicine would allow him to continue to work with the next generation of medical trainees, students and residents alike. He was drawn to the UCLA Internal Medicine program by not only its impressive breadth of medical pathology but even moreso its close-knit community of brilliant and compassionate housestaff whom he looked up to as a medical student. Some of his favorite memories of residency include being a proud member of the 2-time regional champion ACP jeopardy team and designing a simulation-based boot camp for intern orientaiton. Outside of the hospital, you’ll find Evan playing with the Hoop Diuretics, the program’s rec league basketball team, or driving up to Big Bear to hit the slopes on his snowboard.
Ethan Greenblatt, MD
Ethan grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He spent most of his childhood fishing with his dad, eating crawfish, playing baseball, and playing video games. He attended LSU and majored in Chemistry with a minor in Biology. For most of his undergraduate career, Ethan thought he would pursue a PhD in organic chemistry. Near the end of his Junior year he decided to take the MCAT and apply to medical school - and he's so glad he did! He then moved 70 miles East to attend medical school at LSU in New Orleans. He loved his medicine and pediatrics rotations in New Orleans - so much so he applied to Med Peds programs for residency! Ethan fell in love with the UCLA culture, weather, residents, and faculty during an away rotation. Through his 4 years of Med Peds residency at UCLA, Ethan developed a passion for inpatient medicine and medical education. He plans to pursue a career in academic hospital medicine after his chief year. His ideal off day is coffee and video games in the morning, beach volleyball at Will Rogers State Beach in the afternoon, and finally beer and Korean BBQ in Koreatown in the evening. If he wasn't a doctor, Ethan would pursue a career in brewing beer with a back up plan of organic chemistry college professor!
Daniel Hoesterey, MD
Daniel grew up in the Seattle area where he developed a love of the outdoors. He attended Claremont McKenna College in Southern California where he played football and rugby, and met his now wife. They moved to New Orleans and Daniel worked at the Orleans Public Defenders Office. He completed his 4-corners tour of the country by attending Columbia P&S medical school. As part of the Columbia-Bassett program he spent a year in Cooperstown, NY and found a passion for quality improvement. He was drawn to UCLA IM Residency for the combination of academic rigor, diverse training sites and environment of supportive, down to earth colleagues. UCLA provided that and much more. Through residency he continued to develop skills in process improvement as a QI project lead, refined his abilities as a teacher through the Medical Education Pathway and developed an interest in COPD research through amazing pulmonary critical care mentorship. His wife found many opportunities in LA to grow her career as a lawyer and during residency their family grew by one. Daniel will not hesitate to show off pictures of his toddler digging in the sand at Santa Monica beach! He feels well prepared for a career in academic pulmonary critical care with emphasis on obstructive lung disease, teaching and systems improvement.
Samuel Jackson, MD
Sam grew up on the east coast in Ipswich, Massachusetts before moving to Napa, California when he was 10 years old. As Sam grew up in Napa, his love of food and wine did as well, and he worked in several restaurants, his most memorable employment being for Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Sam attended UC Davis and remains a proud Aggie to this day. During his time at Davis, Sam worked at the student-run Imani Clinic, which has the mission of serving the African American community of Oak Park, Sacramento. His work at Imani was both eye-opening and formative, and inspired him to pursue a career in medicine. Sam attended medical school at UCLA where he served as the president of his class, and discovered his passion for medical education. During his residency at UCLA, Sam developed further interested in ultrasound and Cardio-Oncology, and is currently applying for fellowship with the hopes of becoming an academic cardiologist. Outside of the hospital, you can find Sam exploring the expansive city of Los Angeles, hiking, or trying out a new recipe at home.