Jose Escobar, MD, MPH (UCLA)
Dr. Jose Escobar received his medical degree from UCLA. His interests include public health, general internal medicine, and working with underserved populations. He hopes to establish long-term relationships with his patients, focusing on preventative health, well-being and positive lifestyle choices.
Margaret Mongare, MD, MSc (Stanford)
Dr. Margaret "Mumbi" Mongare obtained her medical degree from Stanford University.
Samira Nourbakhsh, MD (George Washington University)
Dr. P Samira Nourbakhsh obtained her medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where she also completed the Global Health Track program. She holds particular interests in preventative health, global health, and the integration of behavioral health services into primary health care.
Nathaniel Pedley, MD, MBA (Columbia)
Dr. Nathaniel “Nat” Pedley obtained his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a masters degree in business administration from Columbia Business School. He seeks to provide patients with a holistic approach to their medical issues that integrates mental health and addresses social determinants of health. His interests include public policy and optimizing health care delivery systems. He is looking forward to building his panel of patients and is available for new patients.
Asaad Traina, MD, MS, MPH (University of Vermont)
Dr. Asaad Traina obtained his medical degree from the University of Vermont and his master’s degree in public health from Harvard University. He is passionate about providing the highest level of care to each of his patients and is currently accepting new patients.
Annie Wang, MD (UCLA)
Dr. Annie Wang obtained her MD from UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. She obtained her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley in integrative biology and public health. She is interested in general internal medicine, preventive medicine, and health policy and management. She is available for new patients.
Marielle Bolano, MD (UC Davis)
Dr. Marielle Bolano has clinical interests in geriatrics and general internal medicine. She obtained her medical degree from UC Davis where she explored her interest in community health and quality improvement at the Bayanihan Student-Run Clinic and Sacramento Gender Health Center. Her academic interests focus on improving health care delivery for vulnerable populations, particularly older adults. She is available for new patients.
Jeffrey Fujimoto, MD, MBA (UCLA)
Dr. Jeff Fujimoto has interests in improving healthcare operations, enhancing value and quality in the primary care setting, and chronic disease management. He obtained his medical degree from UCLA where he also completed an MBA with a focus on healthcare management. Dr. Fujimoto looks forward to building his patient panel and welcomes all new patients.
Kieran Holzhauer, MD (University of Illinois)
Dr. Kieran Holzhauer obtained her medical degree from University of Illinois in Chicago. She has interests in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health and Palliative Care. Outside of medicine, she is interested in long distance running, rock climbing and other outdoor adventures. She excited to build her home and patient panel in Los Angeles. She welcomes new patients.
Christina Kaba, MD (George Washington University)
Dr. Christina Kaba obtained her medical degree from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She was born and raised in the LA area and attended UC Berkeley for her undergraduate education. She has an interest in preventive medicine, community health, and global health, especially as it pertains to refugee health care policies and access. She is looking forward to partnering with her patients and local communities to address well-being, chronic disease management, and health literacy. She is available for new patients and is looking forward to working with the UCLA community.
Wendi LeBrett, MD (UCSD)
Dr. Wendi LeBrett has interests in health economics, mobile health technology, women’s health, preventative medicine, and nutrition. She attended Stanford University for her undergraduate education and UC San Diego School of Medicine. Prior to medical school she worked in economic consulting and research.
Noah Ravenborg, MD (George Washington University)
Dr. Noah Ravenborg obtained his MD from George Washington University and is originally from the LA area. He is passionate about patient centered care - understanding the values and priorities of patients while balancing that with the best medical evidence we have. His interests include promoting wellness, preventative medicine, chronic disease management, LGBTQ health, HIV prevention and treatment, and caring for underserved populations.
Courtney DeCan, MD (University of Washington)
Dr. Courtney DeCan is a first year Primary Care Resident in the Olive View Santa Clarita track. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she also completed both the Global Health Pathway and Hispanic Health Pathway. Dr. DeCan is passionate about global health, social determinants of health, and continuity of care. She is married and loves to travel, listen to Latin music and dance bachata, and spend time hiking and enjoying the outdoors.
Mary Fok, MD, (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Dr. Mary Fok obtained her medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Her academic interests include general internal medicine, global health, and providing medical care to underserved populations. Dr. Fok looks forward to establishing long-term relationships with her patients.
Gavin Ho, MD (Georgetown University)
Dr. Gavin Ho obtained his medical degree from Georgetown University and is originally from San Francisco, CA. He is interested in community-based care, managing chronic conditions, and Asian American health. He is drawn to primary care because it will allow him to provide comprehensive care for his patients while also building long-term relationships with them.
Noah Kojima, MD (UCLA)
Dr. Noah Kojima obtained his medical degree from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine where he also completed and lead the Global Health Track program. During medical school, Dr. Kojima took a gap year to conduct research as an NIH Fogarty Fellow in South Africa studying microbiome determinants of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and other STIs. His particular interests are in research of HIV and other STIs with a focus on diagnostics and infection prevention in local and global health settings. Dr. Kojima is interested in cooking, backpacking, fly-fishing, SCUBA diving, photography, and traveling.
Alina Kung, MD (UC Berkeley - UCSF)
Dr. Alina Kung, a first year resident in the Primary Care - Olive View Santa Clarita track, graduated from the UC Berkeley - UCSF Joint Medical Program where she was involved with coordinating free clinics, teaching and mentoring, and research on the topics of health disparities, burnout, and capacity to address patients' social needs in primary care. She looks forward to building on these experiences and furthering her interests in interdisciplinary collaboration and social justice. Outside of medicine, she loves being active, and admiring animals and nature.
Catherine Lindsay, MD, MS (University of Utah)
Dr. Catherine Lindsay is a first year primary care resident who was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Physiological Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, before pursuing a medical degree at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. Her professional interests are in geriatric patient care and research, patient education, health disparities, and medical curriculum. In her free time, Catherine enjoys hiking, traveling, and playing alto saxophone. She looks forward to promoting the health of older adults as a geriatrician.
Jocelyn Lo, MD, MS (Columbia University)
Dr. Jocelyn Lo graduated with her medical degree and M.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Professionally, she is interested in global health and health services research. Dr. Lo’s other interests include hiking, soccer, and traveling. She looks forward to being back home and building partnerships with patients in Los Angeles.
Minori Ohashi, MD, PhD (UCLA)
Dr. Minori Ohashi obtained her medical degree from UCLA where she also completed her PhD in Molecular Biology. Her research focuses on aging, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. Her clinical interests lie in general internal medicine and geriatrics.
Shirin Poustchi, MD, PharmD (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)
Dr. Shirin Poustchi, a first year Primary care resident, obtained her medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University. She seeks to explore the dynamic between communities and healthcare institutions in order to address social determinants of health and improve practice models of primary care. Dr. Poustchi’s interests include design-thinking, healthcare system science and health policy.
Utpal Sandesara, MD, PhD (University of Pennsylvania)
Dr. Utpal Sandesara obtained his MD and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a sociocultural anthropologist with interests in medical inequality and health professions education. His past research projects have examined the social histories of environmental disaster, the challenges of public health system integration, and the ethical dimensions of sex-selective abortion in India. In addition to several academic publications, Dr. Sandesara has also co-authored the narrative nonfiction book No One Had a Tongue to Speak. He aspires to have a future career that combines primary care for the underserved with writing and teaching about social issues in medicine.
Katherine Stricker, MD (George Washington University)
Dr. Katherine Stricker is a first-year Primary Care resident from Mill Valley, CA. She graduated from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in the nation's capital where she enjoyed working with diverse patients from all backgrounds as director of the student-run free clinic. Dr. Stricker’s interests include preventative, community, and women's health. Outside of medicine, she enjoys ballet and modern dance, hiking and visiting art museums.
Stanley Yuan, MD (UCLA)
Dr. Stanley Yuan, born and raised in LA, attended undergraduate at Princeton University before returning to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA for his MD. Dr. Yuan has clinical interests in geriatrics and general internal medicine and academic interests in graduate medical education and healthcare administration.
Rebecca Samuel, MD (Tulane)
Dr. Samuel attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans where her lifelong passion for working with underserved populations grew. She is passionate about internal medicine and is especially excited about working with Spanish speaking populations and pursuing further training in HIV and/or palliative care. Outside of the hospital, she can be found long distance running, practicing vinyasa yoga, hiking, swimming, or reading historical fiction and mystery novels.
Nikko Gonzales, MD (UCSF)
Dr. Gonzales graduated from medical school at the University of California, San Francisco where he participated in PRIME-US (Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved). He is interested in outpatient and inpatient general internal medicine, and initiatives that promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the healthcare field.
Patrick DeGregorio, MD (Cornell)
Dr. DeGregorio, originally from Detroit, graduated from medical school at Cornell. He is passionate about how health is affected by the communities in which people live and is committed to learning about his patients’ needs and how to best support them. Outside of medicine, Dr. DeGregorio is a huge fan of the outdoors, having backpacked from Mexico to Canada!
Thais Salles Araujo, MD (Federal University of Minas Gerais)
Dr. Araujo grew up in Brazil and completed medical school at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in 2015 and her internal medicine residency at the Instituto da Previdencia dos Servidores do Estado (IPSEMG) in 2018. Her interests are integrative health and humanistic care. During her residency she completed a medical acupuncture fellowship and came to UCLA for a rotation at the Center for East-West Medicine. Outside of medicine, Dr. Araujo enjoys being in nature, travelling, bicycling, going to the beach, trying new recipes and spending time with her fiancé, family and friends.
Kaahukane Leite-Ah Yo, MD (University of Hawaii)
Dr. Leite-Ah Yo attended the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Hawaii and graduated with a certificate of distinction in Native Hawaiian Health. His clinical interests include indigenous health, social determinants of health, and preventative medicine. When not in the clinic you can find him at the beach playing volleyball, surfing, or hiking.
Spencer Chang, MD (Duke University)
Dr. Chang obtained his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine, where he was a part of the Primary Care Leadership Track. His academic interests are in Asian Pacific Islander health disparities, medical education, infectious diseases, and health care access for underserved and rural communities. Outside of medicine, Dr. Chang loves cooking, exercising, and exploring restaurants and coffee shops.
Katie Fruin, MD (Rush Medical College)
Dr. Katie Fruin is from Chicago, where she obtained her medical degree from Rush Medical College and trained at both Rush and Cook County Hospital. Dr. Fruin is passionate about how she can design and leverage primary care to support patients in operationalizing their dreams for themselves, their families and their communities. Her current activism interests include how creating medical-financial partnerships and pathways to building wealth can improve physical and mental health outcomes. Dr. Fruin enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing Frisbee and basketball, reading, writing, scheming, and being inspired and educated every day by my patients and collaborators.
Madeline Treasure, MD (University of North Carolina)
Dr. Madeline Treasure graduated from Stanford University before receiving her medical degree from the University of North Carolina. She is interested in value-based care and QI driven systems improvement initiatives as well as women’s health advocacy. She hopes to use clinical experience to influence and improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery. In her free time, she enjoys all forms of outdoor physical activity including running, hiking, and playing sports with friends.
Christine Willinger, MD (Perelman School of Medicine)
Dr. Christine Willinger is a California transplant from the Northeast. Dr. Willinger obtained her medical degree and master’s degree in public health from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is particularly interested in chronic disease management for vulnerable populations, geriatric medicine, and end-of-life care. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys yoga, cooking, hanging out with her cat, and exploring the many hiking trails around Los Angeles.
Phillip Chen, MD, (UCLA)
Dr. Phillip Chen obtained his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine - UCLA. Dr. Chen’s particular interests are in Asian Pacific Islander community health, LGBTQ+ health, substance-use and addiction medicine, and preventative health. In his free time, he enjoys dancing (urban choreography), photography and staying active.
Damond Ng, MD (UCLA)
Dr. Damond Ng obtained his MD and MPH from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA as part of the PRIME-LA program. He was born and raised in San Francisco, studied biochemistry at UCLA, and served as an AmeriCorps member in his hometown. Damond is passionate about health equity, narrative medicine, medical education, and social justice with healthcare as a human right. In his free time, Damond enjoys camping, hiking, museums, and cooking.
Sarah Takimoto, MD (UCSF)
Dr. Sarah Takimoto attended medical school at the UCSF School of Medicine. She is passionate about medical education, addiction medicine, addressing health inequities within primary care, and improving care for vulnerable populations through systems improvement projects. Sarah was born in Bethesda, Maryland but spent most of her childhood in Boerne, Texas and Dresher, Pennsylvania. Sara is a self-proclaimed board game geek, enjoys going on long walks with friends, and loves to organize/tidy up thanks to Marie Kondo. She is excited to learn from her patients and become part of the many communities in Los Angeles.