Jee Won Cheong, MD
Jee Won was born in Seoul, South Korea but grew up in Irvine, CA. Jee Won graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2011 and received his D.O. degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2017. He completed his residency in family medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. His passion in primary care stemmed from medical mission trips and managing elderly patients in his continuity clinic taught him the importance of end of life goals of care. In his spare time, he enjoys watching sports, especially the Lakers. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Henry Kaing, MD
Henry was born in Long Beach, California, and raised primarily in Southern California. He graduated from UCLA in 2012 with a major in Psychobiology, then attended medical school at Touro University, California where he received his DO degree in 2017. He is currently finishing his third year of internal medicine residency at UC Irvine. His interest in palliative medicine began during medical school, and continues to be shaped by his interactions with both patients and mentors. He hopes to share his enthusiasm for palliative medicine with the wider community.
Suh H. Lee, MD
Sue was born in South Korea and raised a Louisiana, Oregon and Southern California. She obtained her BS from UCLA, studying psychology-biology and philosophy. She received her MD in 2015 from New York Medical College and trained in Emergency Medicine at Duke University. After residency, she worked as an attending emergency physician in North Carolina for 2 years in a community setting as well as the Durham VA. While her journey through medicine has instilled faith in the profession, it has also stirred up a passion to improve the quality of care for those with complex medical conditions.
Mruga Nanavati, MD
Mruga was raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She graduated from Universtiy of Illinois with a Bachelor's degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and received her M.D. at Oakland University. She completed her residency in family medicine at University of Florida where she served as a chief resident. She found her calling in hospice and palliative medicine in residency where she experienced the importance of optimizing quality of life for patients with advanced, life-changing illnesses. She plans to continue her research in healthcare utilization and improving awareness of palliative care discussions in the outpatient setting.
Rishi Patel, MD
Rishi was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA. He graduated from UC Berkerly in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. He then joined Teach for America, teaching high school math and economics in Richmond, Ca. After TFA, he completed his residency in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Prior to fellowship he worked at a cancer center during which he developed an interest in helping patients to maintain dignity throughout the end stages of life.
Andy Pham, MD
Andy was born and raised in San Jose, California. For his undergraduate studies, he attended Loyola Marymount University and graduated in 2012. He then received his medical degree from Creighton University in 2017. He completed his internal medicine residency at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara. During his clinical years of training, he became enamored with listening to patients’ stories and dreams. He soon after found his passion in the field of palliative care and in the future hopes to work in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. In his free time, he enjoys meditation and music.
Cara Siegel, MD
Cara was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated from Reed College in Portland, OR in 2008, with a degree in psychology. She became interested in pursuing medicine while working as a research assistant with patient with Parkinson's Disease after college. She completed medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her internship in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, followed by residency in neurology at UCLA, where she was chief resident. While working with patients with neurologic disease, she learned that there is a need to better manage the high symptom burden and existential distress that is commonly faced by these patients. Throughout residency she has been interested in issues of primary palliative care education in neurology, and she is working on the development of a neuropalliative education program for neurology residents. She also has an interest in caring for homeless populations and volunteers at the Venice Family Clinic neurology and street medicine clinics.