Marielle Bolano, MD
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!!). After studying Microbial Biology and Public Policy in college, she developed an interest in medicine, public policy, and improving care for vulnerable older adults. She joined a research team at UCSF investigating health needs and care delivery for incarcerated and homeless older adults. She then attended medical school at UC Davis where she had the pleasure of serving as Co-Director for the Bayanihan Student Run Clinic. Given her interests, joining UCLA for residency was an easy choice - the primary care tracks offer a unique opportunity to have two continuity clinics in diverse and challenging patient settings as well as strong academic development. She was even lucky enough to couples match into Internal Medicine with her husband! Serving and learning from her homeless veteran patients at HPACT has reinforced her academic interests and she is excited to pursue a career in Geriatrics and Palliative Care after chief year. Outside of work, you can find her spending as much time as possible out in the sun/by the ocean with her husband and shiba inu mix, Cas.
Jiwen Li, MD
Jiwen immigrated from China at a young age to pursue her own version of the American dream, learning English through watching quality TV programming including Painting with Bob Ross and WWF (she is a longtime fan of Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson). She traded the corn-hedged fields of Vermillion, South Dakota for ten gallon hats, where she completed her undergraduate studies at Rice University and medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, both in Houston, Texas. She could not part with the idea of caring for patients across the age spectrum, and trekked to UCLA to complete her residency training in medicine-pediatrics. In residency, completed the Medical Education Pathway and developed a taste for informatics and systems based healthcare innovations. She is the current Chief Resident in QI as well as a scholar in the Resident Informatics Program. Jiwen really developed a taste for hiking and backpacking in residency, having bagged the famous Six Pack of Peaks of SoCal, and most recently solo-hiked the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim. When she’s not spending an exorbitant amount of time watching YouTube or reading backpacking product reviews, you can probably find her lounging at the beach or biking on the Strand.
Adam Braun, MD
Adam is from Tarzana, CA, as the youngest of three brothers. He grew up with a mix of Jewish customs, classical and modern music, and ambitious cooking. He went to Emory University, where he graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, with a minor in History. Moving back to Los Angeles, Adam attended the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA before matching and staying here for Internal Medicine. His favorite residency memories were from performing with Ultrasound at Spring Retreat, and all of the recruitment nights with co-residents and future chief residents. This year, he is continuing his work in medical education and research, as well as coordinating Grand Rounds and the Community Activities Committee. If he were not a doctor, he’d try to be a composer, start a karaoke bar, or end up asking his friends doing green energy startups to hire him as an “ideas” guy.
Adam Custer, MD
Adam grew up in Albany, New York. He spent most of his childhood playing baseball with his siblings and spending weekend trips camping at Lake George. He attended Cornell University where he graduated with a B.S. in Biologic Sciences and Chemistry. He then attended SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY where he developed an interest in internal medicine. He then traveled to LA for the first time for his Internal Medicine residency interview at UCLA. He was drawn to the culture of the program, in particular its focus on medical education, diversity and rigor of clinical training, and supportive environment. While in residency, Adam continued to hone his teaching skills through the medical education pathway and as a curriculum lead developing the intern noon conference curriculum. He plans to pursue a career in academic cardiology and will be applying for fellowship after chief year. Outside of work, Adam can be found exploring the many beach towns in Southern California and running on the bike path in Playa Del Rey.
Sarah Jensen, MD
Sarah was raised in a town called Sandwich, Massachusetts, and funny enough, it took her a long time to realize the humor in that. She grew up playing all types of sports as well as refusing to eat anything that "has a mom". After studying chemistry and communications at Northeastern University in Boston, she worked as a biochemist at a startup drug discovery company in the city. Three years behind the lab bench passed before she decided to pursue medicine. She brought her (pretty intense) Boston sports fandom to Los Angeles to attend the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and fell in love with California. She was beyond fortunate to match into Internal Medicine Residency at UCLA - the absolute greatest program in the universe, in her humble opinion. During residency, she somehow managed to adore the program even more for the family it cultivated, as it spoiled her with unconditional support and encouragement. As chief resident, her specific interests include education, mentorship, recruitment, and resident well-being and debriefing. She plans to pursue a fellowship in Palliative Care next year. When she's not in the hospital, she's probably outside running, hiking, or beaching with her partner and their two dogs.
Megan Trieu, MD
Megan was born and raised in Roswell, New Mexico. She spent much of her childhood playing basketball/flag football and helping her parents at their family restaurant. She attended the University of Southern California, where she majored in Biological Sciences and minored in Public Health and East Asian Languages & Cultures. There, she met her now husband through their mutual love of sports and struggle through organic chemistry. She then moved across town to attend medical school at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where she discovered her passion for internal medicine and medical education. She committed to staying at UCLA for residency because of its diverse training sites, academic rigor, faculty committed to teaching and mentorship, and its community of brilliant and compassionate residents. During residency, she further developed her teaching skills through the Medical Education Pathway and found her calling in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Outside of the hospital, you may find Megan playing basketball with the program’s recreational league basketball team, the Hoop Diuretics, stand-up paddleboarding in Marina Del Rey, or frequenting ice cream shops around LA.
Karissa Britten, MD
Karissa grew up in Naples, Florida. She earned her bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Yale University, becoming the first person in her family to graduate from college. After working for a short time as a research assistant in breast oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, she attended medical school at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. After falling in love with Southern California, the culture of medicine at UCLA, and her now-fiancé, she chose to stay for residency. As a resident, she participated in the Medical Education Pathway, served on the resident committee for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (IM-REDI), and contributed to several research projects in breast oncology. This year, she is excited to serve as the Chief of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) for the residency program, where she can continue to advocate for diversity in the physician workforce, mentorship in the graduate medical education community, and inclusive curricular innovation for residents. She plans to pursue a career in academic Hematology/Oncology, where she can continue to cultivate her passions for research and education. Outside the hospital, Karissa can be found spending time with her fiancé (and their two dogs), riding bikes in Ventura, and making small purchases on Amazon.
Danny O'Brien, MD
Danny was born and raised in Orange County until elementary school, when he moved to Granite Bay, California. He attended UCLA for his undergraduate education and received a B.S. in Biochemistry. He then attended medical school at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. While in medical school, Danny discovered his love for education and teaching, and was involved in multiple tutoring programs for younger medical students. When applying to residency programs, Danny was drawn to UCLA by its breadth of clinical training sites, supportive culture, and camaraderie between residents. During residency, Danny reaffirmed his interest in teaching and also developed an interest in cardiology, with a plan to pursue cardiology fellowship after chief residency. When not in the hospital, Danny can be found doing various outdoor activities and going to local concerts with friends.
Jack Sharp, MD
Jack was born in San Francisco and grew up in Oakland, California. He went to UC Davis for his undergraduate studies where he majored in Environmental Toxicology. He then went to UC Davis for medical school where he developed an interest in Internal Medicine. He couples-matched with his wife, Kate, who is currently a fourth year OB/Gyn fellow at Harbor-UCLA. Jack was drawn to UCLA's academic environment, clinical rigor, and wide array of patient populations as well as the incredibly dedicated residents and faculty. He developed an interest in caring for cancer patients during residency and is pursuing a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology. In his free time, he enjoys getting outdoors, including hiking, camping, and fishing.