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 (University of Pennsylvania)
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.
Kevin Truong, MD, MBA (UCLA)
Dr. Truong is a first-year primary care resident. He attended UCLA for medical school and did a joint MBA as part of the PRIME-LA program. This education combination only further emphasized his goal of finding sustainable solutions to health care disparities through systems-science and innovation. Dr. Truong's career goals include being involved in population health or value-based care redesign efforts. Outside of medicine, Dr. Truong loves a good board game night, hiking, planning trips, finding new places to try food, and tons of television.
Cameron Hines, MD (UCLA/Drew)
Dr. Hines is a first year primary care resident who obtained their medical degree from Charles R. Drew University/David Geffen School of Medicine, a joint program between both medical schools geared towards training providers to serve underserved communities. Dr. Hines’s current interest in medicine is in geriatrics and palliative care. He is greatly looking forward to gaining more experience with this field and these patient populations as he continues his journey through residency. Dr. Hines's long term goal is to obtain a primary care position at an academic institution. Throughout medical school and undergrad, he engaged in a variety of tutoring and mentorship programs, and would love to continue to foster this passion through teaching residents and medical students. Outside of medicine, Dr. Hines enjoys hiking and reading.
Jessica Osorio, MD (UCLA)
Dr. Osorio is a first year primary care resident who obtained their medical degree from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Her interests are many but specifically are: immigrant health; geriatrics, and increasing health care access to all. Jessica enjoys hiking, swimming, and spending time at the beach.
Daniel Gonzalez, MD (Harvard)
Dr. Gonzalez is a first-year primary care resident in the Olive View/Santa Clarita track. Dr. Gonzalez received his medical degree from Harvard as well as a BA in International Health and Development from the University of Denver. He identifies as a first-generation college/medical school graduate and a second-generation Mexican-American. Dr. Gonzalez's professional interests include primary care, hospital medicine, global public health, health equity, and health systems/policy. His long-term goal is to work within the public health care sector globally to strengthen health systems.
Clarence Lee, MD (UC Davis)
Dr. Lee is a first-year primary care resident who obtained their medical degree from UC Davis. His interests are chronic disease management and infectious diseases. Dr. Lee’s long-term goal is to practice primary care. And outside of medicine, he is interested in trying difference cuisines, playing basketball, and expanding his knowledge on critical race and ethnic studies.
Emily Chang, MD (UCLA)
Dr. Chang obtained her medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She was born and raised in San Francisco and studied Ethnic Studies and Health & Human Biology at Brown University. Dr. Chang's clinical and academic interests include general internal medicine, social determinants of health, and community medicine. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family/friends, and exploring new restaurants.
Elyssa Berg, MD, MPH (Texas A&M)
Dr. Berg is a first-year primary care resident who obtained her medical degree from Texas A&M College of Medicine. Before medical school, she received her MPH at the University of Texas at Houston and worked for several years on community interventions focused on integrating CHWs into clinical care. Dr. Berg's clinical interests include metabolic syndrome and functional medicine. Since this is her first time living out of state, she spends a lot of her free time exploring Los Angeles and California. Elyssa also enjoys binge watching reality TV and hanging out with her dog, Rory.
Anna-Claire Siena, MD (University of Pennsylvania)
Dr. Siena is a first-year primary care resident who obtained her medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests include preventative health, health equity and education. Outside of medicine, Dr. Siena loves to explore the outdoors, playing with her dog, cooking, and gardening.
Daniel Stokes, MD, MS (University of Pennsylvania)
Dr. Stokes is a first-year primary care resident who grew up in the Boston area. He obtained a master's degree in epidemiology from the Brazilian National School of Public Health, in Rio De Janeiro, and later his medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Daniel’s primary interests both clinically and in public health are in health equity and in narrative medicine. In the long term, Dr. Stokes hopes to find work that combines his interests in research and clinical practice and is even considering fellowships in geriatrics and addiction medicine. Outside of medicine, Dr. Stokes explores nearby trails and playing sports like volleyball and tennis. He also hangs out with his cat, Loaf, and tends to his small but growing garden.
Ruth Miranda, MD (UCLA/Drew)
Dr. Ruth Miranda is a first year primary care resident who obtained their medical degree from Charles R. Drew/David Geffen School of Medicine and part of the PRIME-LA program. Her interests are in health disparities research, global health, healthy policy, and medical education. Dr. Miranda's long term goal is to improve health care for vulnerable populations. Outside of medicine, Ruth practices in long distance running, CrossFit, and traveling.
Jessica Fernandez, MD (UCLA/Drew)
Dr. Fernandez is a current intern in the primary care track and a “Bruin for life.” Being born and raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Fernandez attended UCLA for undergrad and obtained her medical degree from the combined David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science program. Her interests include addressing health disparities and social equity issues, but her passion can be found in teaching. Dr. Fernandez is working towards a career in an academic setting where she can continue being an educator to her patients, medical students, and resident physicians. Outside of medicine, she loves spending time with her dog, Ollie, gardening, aquascaping, crocheting, and watching anime.
Diana Lopez, MD (UCLA/Drew)
Dr. Lopez is a first year resident in the Primary Care-Olive View Santa Clarita track. She obtained her medical degree from the Charles R Drew/UCLA Medical program. Dr. Lopez was born and raised in South Los Angeles and attended UC Berkeley for her undergraduate education. Her interests include immigration health and increasing diversity in the health field. Outside of medicine, she enjoys running and spending time with her family.