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Residents

PGY-3 Residents

 

JOHn CHeUng, DO John Cheung, D.O.
• Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California.
• Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pomona, CA.
• Date of Graduation: May 2012.
• Education: University of California, San Diego, CA (B.A., Psychology).
• Hobbies: Hiking, enjoying arts, antiques, and films.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish and Cantonese.
• Personal Accomplishments: Avalon Kayak race – 1st Place.
 


MAxIMILIAno HYon, Do/MPH Maximiliano Hyon, D.O./M.P.H.
• Place of Birth: Buenos Aires, Argentina.
• Medical School: Touro University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York, NY.
• Date of Graduation: May 2012.
• Education: University of California, Los Angeles, CA (B.S., Biochemistry).
• Hobbies: Piano, violin, guitar, watch movies and work out.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish and Korean.
• Personal Accomplishments: Moments when I was able to triumph against myself and complete task that was difficult but that I knew I had to see through. One example was finishing the L.A. Marathon during high school. Although the last three minutes were the most painful and at times I had to sit down and rethink my ability to continue, I stuck it through one step at a time. Walking through the finish line felt like I won the greatest triumph against myself. Other examples were when I went out of my way to help others at the expense of my convenience or comfort. There was once a retired widow who came out to my church and would often ask for a car ride to go grocery shopping. She was also very lonely and did not have many people to talk to. It was difficult for me at times because of my schedule, but I never regretted helping her; the greatest reward was her thankfulness for simply giving my time.
 


BenJAMIn Lee, Do

Benjamin Lee, D.O.
• Place of Birth: Stockton, CA.
• Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, CA.
• Date of Graduation: May 2012.
• Education: University of California, Berkeley, CA (B.A., Molecular Cell Biology, Immunology emphasis
• Hobbies: Martial arts, sketch, arts and crafts: miniature model assembly.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Intermediate Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Forum (nYLF) and organized three medical school teaching tours for over 200 scholars in order to empower and prepare students for their academic future in medicine. Collaborated with Oregon Health and Science University and Germany’s Georg-August University to publish an article in the Journal of endocrinology studying the estrogenic regulation of body temperature and energy homeostatis. Published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine studying the clinical implications of a newly synthesized non-steroidal estrogen receptor modulator and its impact on feeding behavior. Earned my third degree black belt in tae Kwan Do.


 

BrADLeY MAnUBAY, Do Bradley Manubay, D.O.
• Place of Birth: Pomona, CA.
• Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Pomona, CA.
• Date of Graduation: May 2012.
• Education: University of California, Irvine, CA (B.S., Biological Sciences) and Georgetown University, School of Medicine, Washington DC (M.S., Physiology and Biophysics).
• Hobbies: Basketball, movies, guitar, spend time with my family and friends.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Serving the underserved and mentoring at-risk adolescents in Orange County, L.A. County and Inland empire throughout my academic career and making a lasting, positive impact in these communities. Graduating from medical school to become the first doctor in my family.
 


SArA WonG, Do Sara Wong, D.O.
• Place of Birth: Walnut Creek, California.
• Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, CA.
• Date of Graduation: May 2012.
• Education: University of California, Santa Cruz, CA (B.S., Biology).
• Hobbies: Learning Spanish, swimming and enjoying LaCrosse.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: None.
• Personal Accomplishments: Snorkling on the Great Barrier reef.

 



 

 

 

PGY-2 Residents

 

Athena Alexander Athena Alexander, M.D.
• Place of Birth: London, United Kingdom.
• Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA.
• Date of Graduation: May 2013.
• Education: University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA, BA Sociology.
• Hobbies: Flying airplanes, travel.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: American Sign Language and Malayalam.
• Personal Accomplishments: I am most proud of being a role model to my little brother who is 16 years younger than I. Being able to mentor him as he grows up is a tremendous blessing!
 


Sina Samie Sina Samie, M.D. (One-Year Preliminary to Anesthesiology)
• Place of Birth: Inglewood, CA.
• Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO.
• Date of Graduation: June 2013.
• Education: University of California, San Diego, CA, La Jolla, CA, B.A. Economics, March 2006.
• Hobbies: Hiking, cooking, traveling, and playing the guitar.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Basic French, Persian, and Basic Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Getting into a great residency program!
 


Elaine Nguyen

Elaine Nguyen, M.D.(One-Year Preliminary to Anesthesiology)
• Place of Birth: Fountain Valley, CA.
• Medical School: UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA.
• Date of Graduation: May 2013.
• Education: University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, Psychobiology, June 2009.
• Hobbies: Cooking, traveling, geocaching, and playing tennis.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish and Basic Vietnamese.
• Personal Accomplishments: Visiting Paucartambo, Peru for the Virgen del Caren Festival and seeing the sunrise at Tres Cruces.


 

Aslan Pirouz

Aslan Pirouz, M.D.(One-Year Preliminary to Dermatology)
• Place of Birth: Shiraz, Iran.
• Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA.
• Date of Graduation: June 2008.
• Education: Santa Monica College, Biology, June 2006.
• Hobbies: Photography, swimming, and reading.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Persian.
• Personal Accomplishments: I am proud of my involvement with the UCLA mobile clinic and student-run Free Clinics which provides healthcare services to the underserved community. My research publications in the field of innate immunity.



 

Kelly Rue

Kelly Rue (One-Year Preliminary to Ophthalmology)
• Place of Birth: Anaheim, CA.
• Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
• Date of Graduation: May 2013.
• Education: University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, B.S. Business Administration, Dec. 2008.
• Hobbies: Tennis, travel, piano, and national parks.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Korean and Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: First M.D. in my family.


 

Garima Gupta

Garima Gupta, D.O.
• Place of Birth: New Delhi, India.
• Medical School: Touro University, CA.
• Date of Graduation: June 2013.
• Education: University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, B.A. Mass Communications, June 2006, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, M.P.H., July 2010.
• Hobbies: Indian classical dancing and writing.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Hindi and Basic Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Completing and presenting my research on the relationship between childhood obesity and food environments in elementary school children of Vallejo, CA.


 

Andrea Garcia

Andrea Garcia, M.D. M.S.
• Place of Birth: Long Beach, CA.
• Medical School: UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, San Francisco, CA.
• Date of Graduation: June 2013.
• Education: Whittier College, Whittier, CA, B.A. Biology, Liberal Arts, May 2005.
• Hobbies: Cultural dancing (fancy shawl), running, cooking, and eating.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Basic Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Being the first physician in my family. Coming back to Southern California to serve my community.


 

Manuel Cortes

Manuel Cortes, M.D.
• Place of Birth: Morelia, Mexico.
• Medical School: University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA.
• Date of Graduation: June 2013.
• Education: University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California, B.S. Biology, June 2004.
• Hobbies: Playing soccer and running.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: I am thankful to God for selecting me as the person through whom he can heal people.  I am thankful to him for giving me my family (which I am very proud of) who has supported me throughout these years and for all the people he put in my road to make my Medical Degree possible.


 

Alan Rojas

Alan Rojas, M.D.
• Place of Birth: Culver City, CA.
• Medical School: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia.
• Date of Graduation: June 2009.
• Hobbies: Art, music, reading, sports and travel.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: I worked in the Emergency Department of the National Cancer Institute in Bogota Colombia, treating very complex patients in the midst of an extremely deficient health system. I regularly participated in medical outreach programs to rural and indigenous regions and communities of Colombia.

 


 

 

PGY-1 Residents

 

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David Akhavan, M.D. (One-year Preliminary to Radiology Oncology at City of Hope)
• Place of Birth: Washington, D.C.
• Education: University of California, Berkeley, CA, BS Biomedical Engineering, June 2003; University of California, Los Angeles, CA, D.Phil. Molecular & Medical Pharmacology, May 2012.
• Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine, CA.
• Date of Graduation: May 2014.
• Hobbies: Biotechnology, semi-conductor technology, current international events, world music, ancient Greco-Roman civilizations, Italian renaissance, art history, hiking and biking.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Persian, Fair Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Finishing multiple half-marathon trail runs in the Santa Monica Mountains, and completing my PhD thesis in Glioblastoma-Multiforme – an aggressive form of brain cancer.


 

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Baron Black, M.D.
• Place of Birth: Anchorage, AK.
• Education: George Fox University, BS Chemistry, Dec. 2009.
• Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine, CA.
• Date of Graduation: May 2014.
• Hobbies: Tennis, jet skiing, land sailing, laser disc collecting, and playing bagpipes.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Basic Cambodian Mon-Khmer, Fair Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Playing the bagpipes at both of my siblings’ weddings; winning the Lip Sync Competition in undergrad with a stunning rendition of “You Spin Me Round.”


 

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Adrian Burgos, M.D. (One-year Preliminary to Neurology at USC)
• Place of Birth: Hollywood, CA.
• Education: University of California, Irvine, BS Biological Sciences, Sept. 2008.
• Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
• Date of Graduation: May 2014.
• Hobbies: Football, soccer, basketball, running, hiking, reading and music.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Advanced Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: 2012-2013 Minority Scholars Award Scholarship from the American Academy of Neurology; 2011-2012 Student Scholarship in Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke from the American Heart Association; multiple research abstracts presented at National Research Meetings.


 

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Noah Cook, M.D.
• Place of Birth: Redwood City, CA.
• Education: Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, BS Combined Sciences/Classical Studies, June 2007.
• Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica.
• Date of Graduation: May 2013.
• Past Residency Training: Categorical PGY I, Internal Medicine, University of Nevada School of Medicine at Las Vegas, 2013-2014.
• Hobbies: Painting, sculpturing, writing, sports.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Basic German, Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Publishing a novel during my college years.


 

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David Lam, D.O.
• Place of Birth: Grand Rapids, MI.
• Education: University of California, Irvine, CA, BS Biomedical Engineering, Premedical, May 2009.
• Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, CA.
• Date of Graduation: May 2014.
• Hobbies: Cooking, hiking, camping, sketching, Sudoku puzzles, new foods, futuristic and cutting edge technology, traditional Chinese lion dancing.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Basic Spanish, Basic Vietnamese.
• Personal Accomplishments: Team Leader for Project Vietnam Medical Mission.


 

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Seerat Mission, D.O..
• Place of Birth: Oakland, CA.
• Education: University of California, Davis, CA, BS Biology, June 2010.
• Medical School: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Vallejo, CA.
• Date of Graduation: June 2014
• Hobbies: Student airplane pilot, water and beach activities, swimming, singing, exercising, traveling, family time, candy, hiking, trying new restaurants
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Hindi, Punjabi.
• Personal Accomplishments: Winning 1st place in my very first dance competition and being the first doctor in my family.


 

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Brian Ng, M.D.(One-year Preliminary to Radiology at USC)
• Place of Birth: Schenectady, NY.
• Education: University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, BA Molecular and Cell Biology May 2009.
• Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
• Date of Graduation: May 2014.
• Hobbies: Piano, cello, guitar, tennis and billiards.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Cantonese.
• Personal Accomplishments: The friends I made and the papers I published while doing research in CR Angiography of the Chest.


 

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Adam Puchalski, M.D.
• Place of Birth: Huntington Beach, CA.
• Education: University of California, Riverside, CA, BS Biochemistry, June 2009.
• Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine, CA.
• Date of Graduation: May 2014.
• Hobbies: Traveling, sports, reading classic European literature, Polish numismatics and studying ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Polish history.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Polish, Spanish.
• Personal Accomplishments: Being the first physician in a family of engineers and mathematicians.


 

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Andrew Vu, M.D.
• Place of Birth: San Jose, CA.
• Education: Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, BS Chemistry June 2009.
• Medical School: Creighton University, School of Medicine, Omaha, NE.
• Date of Graduation: May 2014.
• Hobbies: Classical and jazz guitar, basketball, powerlifting, skateboarding, aikido, gadgets and technology.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Vietnamese.
• Personal Accomplishments: I’m proud of working with the medically underserved in the clinics in San Jose, CA and Omaha, NE; and I’m proud of my research experiences which have led to multiple publications, most notably a first authored paper on aminoglycoside antibiotics and hair cell physiology.


 

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Nina Yaftali, D.O
• Place of Birth: Southfield, MI (grew up in Westlake Village, CA).
• Education: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, B.S. Biology, May 2007Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, M.M.S. Medical Sciences, Dec. 2009
• Medical School: Touro University Nevada, Henderson, NV.
• Date of Graduation: May 2014.
• Hobbies: Tennis, cooking, reading, travel, music.
• Languages Spoken in Addition to English: Persian.
• Personal Accomplishments: Being named captain of the University of Michigan Women’s Tennis team in 2005; leading the team in 2004-2005 in wins per season in singles and doubles; helping in the opening and daily operations of the Ghaussy Family Diagnostic Clinic (non-profit organization) in Kabul, Afghanistan.


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