Dr. Ryan Chuang grew up in Rochester, New York, and graduated from UCSD with a B.S. in Bioengineering and Human Biology. He continued to hone his skills at the University of Cambridge earning an M.Phil. in Computational Biology with a thesis focusing on network modeling of the genetic dynamics of CML. His research has ranged from work on basic eukaryotes to chemotherapy agents but is consistently concentrated on systems approaches to oncogenic pathways. At UCLA, he has worked with Dr Leonard Marks to investigate focal therapy and advanced imaging in the treatment and diagnosis of prostate cancer. He hopes to continue in a future career in academic urology.
Dr. Patrick Lec grew up between Orono, ME, Philadelphia, PA, and Krakow, Poland. He completed both his undergraduate studies in Human Biology and his medical education at Brown University as a student in the Program in Liberal Medical Education. Patrick is currently finishing a research year under the mentorship of Dr Karim Chamie, investigating intravesical checkpoint inhibition in non-muscle invasive bladder cancer, the role of opioid receptors in urothelial carcinoma, and the quality of care delivered to patients with bladder or upper tract urothelial cancer. He plans to pursue a fellowship and academic career in urologic oncology.
Dr. Neil Mendhiratta was raised in Darnestown, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in Biophysics with a special focus on computational neuroscience and neural modeling. He then went on to complete a combined MD/MS in clinical investigation at New York University. His research focused on refining techniques for the diagnosis and risk stratification of prostate cancer, specifically by exploring the clinical impact of multiparametric MRI imaging in disease detection and characterization. At UCLA, Neil has worked with Dr Brian Shuch to explore the genetic underpinnings of Renal Cell Carcinoma. Neil is an avid soccer, golf, and volleyball player, and continues to enjoy these activities in Los Angeles.
Dr. Erika L. Wood was born in Redding, California, and raised in Albuquerque, NM. After graduating summa cum laude in biology from Saint Edward’s University in Austin, she received her Master of Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She completed her medical training at the McGovern Medical School (University of Texas at Houston), and spent a year as a clinical investigator in urologic oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her research interests include peri-operative and surgical quality improvement, patient- centered outcomes research, qualitative research methodology and health disparities. Erika is completing an exciting research year focused on quality of life among kidney transplant recipients with her research and weight-lifting mentor, Dr. Jeffrey Veale. She plans to pursue fellowship in urologic oncology with an emphasis on health services research.
Dr. Kelly Fero was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. She studied Biology at Stanford University and performed honors thesis research in Molecular and Cellular Biology. At Stanford she was a member of the NCAA Division 1 Women’s Rowing Team. She attended UC San Diego School of Medicine where she was awarded an NIH training grant that funded a dedicated research year and Masters degree program. Her masters studies were focused in biostatistics and her area of research interest at UCSD was practice variability and cost-effectiveness of oncologic surgical interventions. She will spend her research year with Dr Karim Chamie and the support of an AUA Care Grant, developing a validated symptoms questionnaire for patients undergoing intravesical therapy for bladder cancer. In her free time Kelly enjoys surfing, skiing and distance running. She looks forward to a career in academic urology.
Dr. Efe Chantal Ghanney grew up in Ghana and attended Yale University where she double-majored in Chemistry and French. She received her medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she graduated with Distinction in Medical Education and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Through her work with the African Research Academies for Women, Chantal established fully-funded research internships for women in African universities, work that has had her share a stage with President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative and has had her awarded the 2017 United States President’s Volunteer Service Award by President Barack Obama. She is currently a Master Card Foundation Advisor for Clinton Global Initiative University Alumni. As a urologist, Chantal hopes to be a conduit of both knowledge and technology with the goal of creating urology training opportunities in Ghana. Chantal will also pursue a career that occupies a niche at the intersection of palliative care, geriatrics and urology.
Dr. Desiree Sanchez was born and raised in Delano, California and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Psychobiology. She then worked in a neuropathology translational medicine laboratory before attending medical school at the University of Washington, Seattle. During medical school, she spent two years doing research in vascular surgery and developed the very first vascular surgery research database at UWSOM. Her clinical and research interests center on healthcare delivery to the underserved, which will be the focus of her research year work with Dr. Stanley Frencher at the Martin Luther King Hospital at UCLA. She is still deciding which type of fellowship she would like to pursue after residency.
Dr. Alvaro Santamaria was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended the University of California, San Diego and majored in Bioengineering with a focus in Biotechnology. As an undergraduate, he conducted research in a vaccine development lab involved in Dengue Virus research. After graduation, he worked as a development engineer and later as a project manager at a biotech company overseeing the design and manufacturing of an adipose tissue grafting device for plastic and reconstructive surgery. He attended medical school at the David Geffen School of Medicine, where he earned a letter of distinction in surgery. As a resident, he plans to continue pursuing his interest in translational research and medical innovation.
Dr. Thomas Gaither was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Indiana University and majored in neuroscience and psychology. After graduation he joined the Teach for America program and taught high school chemistry and biology in San Jose, CA. He later completed medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). During his time at UCSF, he completed a master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics (MAS) and received a grant to study complications to gender affirmation surgery. His research interests include reconstructive urology, LGBT health, medical education, and all facets of pediatric urology. He would like to pursue a fellowship after completing residency. In Los Angeles, Tom enjoys long distance running, swimming, weight lifting, rooftop bars, and brunch!
Dr. Peter Muraki grew up in Auburn, California. He graduated with honors from the University of California Davis, where he majored in Physiology and International Relations. He earned his M.D. at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. He spent a summer doing pediatric neurology research at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. His research interests during medical school included patient centered management of nephrolithiasis.
Dr. John Tucker Sigalos was born and raised in Tucker, GA. He attended Vanderbilt University as a Lanier Scholar and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Spanish. He then attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX where he was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society. His academic interests include public health, sexual medicine, and infertility.
Dr. James Weinberger was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He studied Chemistry and
Psychology at Duke University, where he graduated magna cum laude. At Duke, he played cornerback for the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Football team. He then spent a year as the research coordinator for the Institute for Bladder and Prostate Research, under the direction of Jerry Blaivas. He earned a dual degree MD, MBA at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine and Anderson School of Management. He was elected to AOA as well as the MBA Honor Society. He is interested in leadership, improving access to care, and health services research and looks forward to a career in academic urology.
Dr. Andre Belarmino was born in Brazil and raised in South Florida. He attended Princeton University and majored in neuroscience and psychology. His research in undergrad focused on behavioral learning and plasticity. He earned his M.D. from Weill Cornell Medical College. His medical research was focused on understanding the socioeconomic impact on surgical outcomes. During his time in medical school, he began an advocacy in medicine initiative to promote physician activism for underserved populations. He is interested in using technology to improve access to healthcare.
Dr. Cindy Gu was born in China and raised in Houston, Texas. She attended Vanderbilt University where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Molecular Cellular Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She earned her medical degree at the University of Texas at Houston, where she was elected to AOA and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. During her medical school career, she was rewarded the John P. McGovern Humanities Scholar. She is interested in medical education, medical ethics and humanities, and looks forward to pursuing a career in academic urology. During her free time, she enjoys film, hiking, and exploring restaurants and rooftop bars around LA.
Dr. Lin was born and raised in Wenzhou, a small coastal city in southeast China. She studied Biosciences and Biotechnology at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles, California, and completed her doctoral study in human immunity and inflammatory bowel disease under the guidance of Dr. Jonathan Braun at UCLA. After completion of her Ph.D., she attended Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University for medical school with a full scholarship. During medical school, she spent a year of dedicated research investigating prostate cancer radiation immunotherapy with Dr. Robert Reiter at UCLA. Her current research interests include basic and translational research on immunotherapies for urological cancers. In her spare time, she enjoys long distance mountain biking, backpacking, interior design, and hunting for the best Asian street food that Los Angeles affords.
Dr. Grace Sollender was born in Chicago and raised in Denver, Colorado. She completed both her undergraduate and M.D. degrees at Dartmouth. As an undergraduate, she graduated cum laude with majors in Biology and Spanish. In medical school, she graduated with honors and was elected to AOA. Outside of work, she enjoys running, skiing, baking, and yoga. She plans on pursuing a fellowship after completing residency and looks forward to a career in academic urology.
Dr. John Cabri was born and raised in San Jose, CA. He remained in the Bay Area for college where he attended Santa Clara University. In addition to working in residence life as a Resident Assistant and Assistant Resident Director, John volunteered as an on-campus EMT, led numerous undergraduate retreats, and was a two-time champion in intramural football and softball. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. degree in Biology (concentration in Molecular and Cell Biology) and Psychology. After graduating, John went on to work for a pediatric anesthesiologist for two years in a practice that focused on providing sedation for children undergoing major dental work and surgeries. It was in this role that John gained a valuable understanding of the inner workings of health insurance, medical billing, and healthcare disparities. John received his M.D. from The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. As a medical student, John facilitated curricular and admissions reform and represented DGSOM to the OSR, the student-led branch of the AAMC. His research in medical school focused on evaluating and describing the state of patient decision-making for urologic diseases and on shared decision-making between patients and their urologists, especially for kidney stones. Outside of medicine and the hospital, John enjoys cooking, hiking, golfing, snowboarding, and picnicking on the beach. If you take nothing else away from all this, just know that the ridiculous mustache in this photo no longer exists.
Dr. Ashley Green-Lott was born in Fairfield, California and raised in Sacramento. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. Ashley attended medical school at Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland and is an active duty Captain in the United States Air Force. Her research in medical school involved the prevalence of prostate cancer in veterans. Her current research interests include infertility and andrology, as well as developments in community education about prostate cancer and its treatment, especially in the Black community and for those underserved. Her hobbies include powerlifting, rock climbing, collecting sneakers and sampling as much Asian cuisine as possible.
Dr. Vadim Osadchiy was born in the far east of Russia and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended UC Berkeley and graduated with highest honors, majoring in microbial biology. Prior to medical school, Vadim worked as an analyst at a biotech startup focused on delivering an at-home model of clinical trials to patients with rare diseases. He earned his M.D. at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. Vadim is interested in men’s health, infertility, and the microbiome, and looks forward to a robust career in academic urology. Outside of work, Vadim enjoys weight lifting, tending to his indoor plant collection, and exploring new LA coffee shops.
Dr. Kyle Zuniga was born and raised in the Bay Area. He went to the University of Southern California for college where he majored in biological sciences with a minor in Spanish. While in college, he taught science to local elementary school students, studied abroad in the Basque region of Spain, and served on the executive board of USC's chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national health preprofessional honor society, as a mentor and career counselor. He attended medical school at Columbia University where he co-organized a monthly open-mic night in which he performed with a 90's cover band, was co-president of the LGBTQ organization Lambda, and served as a peer counselor through Columbia's Addiction Information and Management Services. Kyle also served as the medical student representative on the American Urological Association Medical Student Education Committee. He spent a year doing NIH-funded epidemiologic research at the University of California, San Francisco on diet and lifestyle, pathology, and outcomes among patients with urologic malignancies. This research ultimately culminated in a master's thesis on complementary medicine use among patients with prostate cancer. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys cooking and baking, is an avid podcast consumer (and is always looking for recommendations), and plays acoustic guitar. During his first year in urology, Kyle is looking forward to learning with and from his peers and joining the fabulous community of physician-leaders at UCLA.
Dr. Asha Ayub grew up in Portland, ME and graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Health and Society. After graduation, she worked in health policy at Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. Subsequently, she worked in health services research at RTI International on federally funded evaluations of Medicaid Expansion, Healthcare Innovation Awards, and the Microbicide Trials Network (in East and Southern Africa). She attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, where as a Ho Health Justice Scholar, she worked on initiatives to address prostate cancer disparities in African American men. As a resident, she plans to continue to research on healthcare delivery and healthcare disparities.
Dr. Aboubacar Kaba was raised in Atlanta, GA after his family immigrated from N'Zérékoré, Guinea when he was five years old. He graduated summa cum laude from THE ILLUSTRIOUS Alabama State University with a bachelor's degree in Biology and double minor in chemistry and math. He earned his medical degree with a distinction in Medical Education from Saint Louis University School of Medicine (SLUSOM), where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha and The Gold Humanism Honor Society. During his time in medical school, he advocated for curricular and policy changes to help facilitate a more equitable medical school experience for students of diverse backgrounds; earning him many recognitions including the Michael T. Railey Diversity Award and Robert H. Felix Award for extensive contributions to the welfare of the SLUSOM community. He research interest include medical education, quality improvement, patient & trainee advocacy and he is excited for a career in academic urology. He enjoys listening to Beyoncé, hiking, running, and trying new restaurants. He is a proud member of the Yelp Elite Squad.
Dr. Austin Lee was born in Texas, and subsequently raised in Chicago and Southern California. He ventured out east to Harvard University for college where he was a member of the NCAA Division 1 Men's Water Polo Team and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. After college, Austin worked as a consultant leveraging data-driven insights for hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and insurance providers to gain a broader understanding of the healthcare delivery space. He then pursued his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). While at UCSF, Austin spent a summer as an AUA Urology Care Foundation Summer Medical Student Fellow working on a mobile application to optimize lower urinary tract symptom and tamsulosin side effect tracking in elderly men with BPH. Now at UCLA, he is looking forward to developing his urologic research interests and surgical management. When not in the hospital, you can find Austin enjoying LA's finest beaches, hiking trails, gyms, and Korean BBQ.
Dr. James Young was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. He attended the Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program, where he studied Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and Science and Society at Brown University, creating cross-disciplinary coursework at the intersection of art and science. After graduating, he spent several months in Guatemala studying the social determinants of health in Latin America and worked as the medical illustrator for multiple medical anthropology books with researchers at MIT and Brown. He earned his M.D. from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he graduated with Distinction in Medical Education. During a dedicated research year, he created videos on novel techniques for gender affirming genital surgery and built, illustrated, and piloted an online learning module on transgender healthcare for medical schools. He was invited to present this work at the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Scientific Symposium 2020, AUA 2019/2021, and the Association of Medical Illustrators Annual Meeting 2021. His current research interests include reconstructive urology, andrology, medical education, and health disparities. During his free time, James enjoys painting, camping, relaxing on the beach, and eating Cajun food.