Lovelee Brown, MD. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Chief
Lovelee is the child of immigrant and military parents who empowered her to be the first in her family to attend both college and graduate school. Originally from Sacramento, California, she attended Stanford University for her undergraduate education. Knowing she wanted to pursue a career in medicine, Lovelee took opportunities to explore the political and social influences on health, health care and the health system. She proudly worked as a health policy fellow for Congresswoman Barbara Lee in Washington D.C. and completed a research Fulbright in S. Korea focusing on the gendered politics of food choices amongst elderly S. Korean diabetic patients. She ultimately completed her medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School where she was the chair of SNMA. Lovelee completed her Internal Medicine Residency at UCLA, in the primary track program where she led her department’s resident Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee. She now serves as the Internal Medicine Primary Care Chief Resident and the inaugural Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Chief Resident.
Elizabeth Asfaw, MD, Ambulatory Chief
Elizabeth (Liz) Asfaw completed her medical degree from the UCLA/Drew Medical Education Program, where she focused on providing care to underserved populations in Los Angeles. Liz has been part of UCLA Internal Medicine’s EDI committee throughout residency, co-leading the program’s EDI curriculum efforts. Now as chief resident, she hopes to further develop the EDI education (by creating a formal curriculum), as well as increase diversity within the residency program. Clinically, Liz has an interest in primary care and chronic disease management. On her free time, she likes to do yoga, find new places to eat, and play with her frenchie Mo.
Gwen Day, MD
Gwen Day is an IM Categorical R3. She grew up in Orange County CA. Her passion for working in health care disparities started while completing a minor in Global Poverty and Practice in undergraduate at UC Berkeley. As part of her minor, she was able to spend 5 months in India working with various public health and advocacy organizations. She completed medical school at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem NC. There, she started a student-run training program that trained faculty, staff, residents, and students how to care for LGBTQ* patients in a safe and welcoming environment. During her tenure with the program, she helped train over 740 providers. The program has since become a mandatory part of the WFSOM curriculum. Gwen is particularly passionate about expanding medical education around health care disparities. She is on the EDI curriculum development committee, and working on creating a EDI pathway for Internal Medicine trainees.
Alina Kung, MD, MS
Alina Kung is a senior resident in the Olive View-Santa Clarita primary care track. She grew up in San Gabriel Valley (Tongva land) as the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, went to college and worked on the east coast, then did grad school and med school in the Bay Area. She remains committed to anti-racist allyship, and is particularly excited to work with Asian- and queer-identified folks. She serves as one of the medical student liaisons on the EDI resident committee.
Adrianna Stanley MD, Msc
A California native and dual Costa Rican citizen, Adrianna holds health equity, diversity, and inclusion close to her heart. During medical school, she was the co-founder of Dartmouth’s LMSA chapter, which brought the first ever conference addressing Latinx health to its campus in over 218 years. She then served as co-director of the LMSA Northeast executive board, gaining valuable experience in managing local chapters and connecting with medical students across the nation. Now at UCLA as EDI Medical Student Liaison, Adrianna works closely with LMSA and SNMA leadership to establish long-lasting partnerships. This year her team will be rolling out a new engagement strategy including “EDI Resident Office Hours,” a mentorship pairing program with UIM residents, virtual mixers, and other exciting events to continue building our community. Adrianna loves to mentor undergraduates and medical students, so feel free to contact her with any ideas or questions, and as we say in Costa Rica – Pura Vida!
Stanley Yuan, MD
Stanley Yuan is a senior resident in the UCLA OV-SC primary care track. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, did his undergraduate at Princeton, and then spent a year teaching English in rural South Korea before returning back to UCLA for medical school and now residency. He has a strong interest in mentorship, particularly those who also identify as first-generation and socioeconomically disadvantaged. He is part of the EDI recruitment committee as well as one of the medical student liaisons.
Ishan Asokan, MD, Msc.
Ishan Asokan is currently a Senior IM resident at UCLA and completed a year of General Surgery at Vanderbilt University prior coming to Los Angeles. He holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.Sc. in Global Health Science from the University of Oxford, and an M.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
During his time as a medical student, Ishan completed the 2015-2016 NIH Medical Research Scholars Program (jointly funded HHMI/Doris Duke Clinical Research Training Program) and studied stem cell biology. Through these collective mentorship experiences, Ishan recognized the importance of diversity and how integral it is in developing effective leadership models. Beyond expressing a commitment to academic medicine, Ishan is very vested in global LGBTQ health and has spent time working in India, Kenya, Thailand, and Jordan. Ishan shares a strong passion for storytelling and hopes to use his role in EDI to promote LGBTQ advocacy in medicine!
Kieran Holzhauer, MD
Kieran Holzhauer obtained her medical degree from University of Illinois at Chicago. She has interests in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health, Health Equity Research, and Palliative Care. She is excited to help UCLA Department of Internal Medicine promote equality, diversity and inclusion in our patient care and our residency training program. Outside of medicine, she is interested in long distance running, rock climbing and other outdoor adventures.
Salam Beah, MD
Salam, originally from Silver Spring, Maryland and son of West African Immigrants has always valued Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as a first generation college graduate and physician. He restarted the inactive SNMA chapter at his Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia and served as the President for 2 years where he worked closely with the MAPS chapter and found a passion for supporting the pipeline of UIM applicants. Salam serves on the Social/Outreach Committee and works to create opportunities to recognize our community’s triumphs and build more Inclusion into our program by hosting Happy Hours, Dinners, and celebrating cultural events.