Current Residents

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Back row (left to right): Andrew Choi, MD;  Kevin Chao, MD; Reid Oldenburg, MD,PhD; Adam Miller, MD; Yun (Larry) Tong, MD,
Upper Middle Row: Rachel Sennett, MD, PhD;  Ogechi Ikediobi, MD, PhD; Tanya Greywal, MD   
Lower Middle Row: Talayesa Buntinx-Krieg, MD; Brittany Yee, MD
Front: Joyce Yuan, MD;  Jusleen Ahluwalia, MD; Kimberly Chun, MD; Dawn Eichenfield, MD, PhD
Not pictured: Ellen Haddock E.S., MBA, MD

UCSD Department of Dermatology: Current Residents - ​ ​Profiles

​ ​Third Year Residents

David Cotter, MD, PhD (PGY-4)
Chief Resident

Undergraduate School: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Undergraduate Major: Biology
Medical School: Washington University School of Medicine
Internship: University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas
Additional Training: Combined MD, PhD program at
Washington University School of Medicine
Hometown: Las Vegas
Dermatology Interests: Medical dermatology,
dermatopathology, and general dermatology. 
Other Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family, exercise, and amateur paleontology.
Accomplishments during residency: Published a review article on Jak inhibitors in atopic dermatitis in JAAD (3/2018);Ran La Jolla Half Marathon (4/2018) and Carlsbad Half Marathon 1(2018); Abstract accepted for AAD Gross and Micro (3/2019)

Alina Goldenberg, MD, MAS (PGY-4)
Chief Resident

Undergraduate School: UC Berkeley
Undergraduate Major: Public Health
Medical School: UC San Diego School of Medicine
Internship: UC San Diego Internal Medicine
Additional Training: Master’s in Clinical Research, UC San DIego
Hometown: Kiev, Ukraine; grew up in San Francisco
Dermatology Interests: Outcomes-based research in non-melanoma skin cancer, contact dermatitis,laser-assisted scar revision
Other Interests/Hobbies:Family beach days and home craft projects
Accomplishments during residency: Awarded ACDS Mentorship Grant (Nov 2018);American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Young Investigators Writing Competition Award Winner (Oct 2017)


Aislyn Nelson, MD, PhD (PGY-4)


Undergraduate School: Johns Hopkins University
Undergraduate Major: Neuroscience
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Internship: UCSD Internal Medicine
Additional Training: Combined MD, PhD at Baylor College of Medicine in the laboratory of Ellen Lumpkin, PhD
Hometown: Reno, NV
Dermatology Interests: Pruritus, Natural compounds and their therapeutic significance in skin cancers, Laser therapies
Other Interests/Hobbies: Crafts with daughter/DIY projects, all sports and teen dramas
Accomplishments during residency: Awarded AAD International Travel grant to attend EADV in Paris (Sept 2018)


Aria Vazirnia, MD, MAS (PGY-4)

Undergraduate School: UC Los Angeles
Undergraduate Major: Psychobiology
Medical School: UC San Diego School of Medicine
Internship: UCLA-Olive View Medical Center (Internal Medicine)
Additional Training: Master's degree in clinical research at UC San Diego
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Dermatology Interests: General dermatology, surgical dermatology & laser medicine
Other Interests/Hobbies: Writing music for piano and guitar, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends 
Accomplishments during residency:  Matched ASDS Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship (MGH/Harvard Laser & Cosmetic Fellowship, Nov 2018)
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Second Year Residents

Jusleen Ahluwalia, MD, (PGY-3)

Undergraduate School: Rutgers University
Undergraduate Major: Cell Biology & Neuroscience
Medical School: UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Internship: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Internal Medicine
Additional Training: Pediatric Dermatology Research Fellowship at UCSD/RCHSD
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Dermatology Interests:Cutaneous Oncology, Medical Dermatology, General Adult & Pediatric Dermatology
Other Interests/Hobbies: Biking, snorkeling, travel, and enjoying time with friends and family
Accomplishments during residency:  AAD Everett C. Fox, MD Memorial Award; AAD Sulzberger Award; AAD Legislative Scholar

Kimberly Chun, MD, (PGY-3)

Undergraduate School: UC San Diego
Undergraduate Major: Biochemistry
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Internship: Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara
Additional Training: Dermatology clinical research fellowship, UCSD
Hometown: Saratoga, CA
Dermatology Interests: Atopic dermatitis, medical dermatology, clinical research
Other Interests/Hobbies:Cooking and baking for family and friends, traveling, photography, hiking
Accomplishments during residency:  Published book chapter in pediatric procedural dermatology


Dawn Eichenfield, MD, PhD, (PGY-3)

Undergraduate School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Undergraduate Major: Biology
Medical School: UC San Diego School of Medicine
Internship:UC San Diego School of Medicine, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Additional Training: Combined M.D. Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at UCSD in lab of Christopher Glass, M.D. Ph.D.
Hometown: North Reading, MA
Dermatology Interests: Genomics and Genetics, Pediatric Dermatology, Photomedicine and Laser Therapy
Other Interests/Hobbies: Cooking, hiking, travel
Accomplishments during residency:  Women’s Dermatologic Society Academic Research Award (Aug 2018); Principal investigator on a project studying the genetics and epigenetics of linear morphea; Abstract selected for an oral presentation at CalDerm (Sept 2018) 


​Tanya Greywal, MD, (PGY-3)



Undergraduate School
: UC San Diego
Undergraduate Major: Economics
Medical School: UC San Diego School of Medicine
Internship: University of New Mexico
Additional Training: Pediatric Dermatology Clinical Research Fellowship, Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Other Interests/Hobbies:horseback riding, travel, baking, spending time with family and friends
Accomplishments during residency:  1 of 10 acne articles chosen by JAAD as the “Best of Acne” publications (2018)


Joyce Yuan​, MD,  (PGY-3)

Undergraduate School: UC Berkeley
Undergraduate Major: Molecular and Cell Biology, Japanese
Medical School: UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Internship:Plastic Surgery, University of Kansas Medical Center
Additional Training: Plastic Surgery Residency (PGY1-3), University of Kansas Medical Center; Dermatology Clinical Research Fellowship, UCSF
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Dermatology Interestshigh-risk skin cancer, dermatologic surgery, clinical trials, skin of color
Other Interests/Hobbies: dance, piano, singing, drawing
Accomplishments during residency: Lead investigator of cosmetic clinical trial (Oct 2017 to present); oral presentation at Pacific Dermatologic Association meeting (Aug 2018); poster and oral presentation at CalDerm meeting (Sep 2018)

First Year Residents​

Talayesa Buntinx-Krieg, MD, (PGY-2)

Undergraduate School: Johns Hopkins University
Undergraduate Major: Neuroscience, Latin American Studies Minor
Medical School: University of Central Florida COM
Internship: Brown University - Internal Medicine
Hometown: Miami, FL
Dermatology Interests: Dermatopathology, Infectious Disease, Cutaneous Oncology
Other Interests/Hobbies: Travel, languages, soccer: 
Accomplishments during residency: Presenter at San Diego Dermatological Society annual meeting (Sept 2018); Clean slate laser tattoo removal volunteer (Oct 2018); Passed final USMLE (Sept 2018) and acquired Physician and Surgeon license from Medical Board of California (Dec 2018)

Ellen Haddock E.S., MBA, MD, (PGY-2)

Undergraduate School: Harvard
Undergraduate Major: Government
Medical School: UCSD
Internship: UCSD
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Dermatology Interests: Pediatric dermatology, general dermatology
Other Interests/Hobbies: Traveling, reading, hiking
Accomplishments during residency: Volunteered at VA Stand Down (July 2018); Volunteered at Gorder Walk for Melanoma (October 2018)

Rachel Sennett, MD, PhD, (PGY-2)

Undergraduate School: Haverford College
Undergraduate Major: CHemistry
Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Internship: Mount Sinai West St. Lukes
Hometown: Boston, MA
Dermatology Interests; Wound healing, alopecia, general dermatology
Other Interests/Hobbies: Reading, traveling, modern art
Accomplishments during residency: Clean slate laser tattoo removal volunteer (December 2018)

Yun Larry Tong, MD, (PGY-2)

Undergraduate School: Boston College
Undergraduate Major: Biology
Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Internship: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
Hometown: Calexico, CA
Dermatology Interests: General Dermatology, Dermatology Clinical Trials
Other Interests/Hobbies; Craft Breweries, hiking
Accomplishments during residency: Author in JID article: "The Anti-Inflammatory Activities of Propionibacterium acnes CAMP Factor-Targeted Acne Vaccines" (November 2018); Volunteered at VA Stand Down (July 2018); Clean Slate laser tattoo removal volunteer (September 2018)

Brittany Yee, MD, (PGY-2)

Undergraduate School; UCLA
Undergraduate Major: Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics (MIMG)
Medical School: UCSD
Internship: UCSD
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Dermatology Interests; Medical dermatology
Other Interests/HobbiesEating, traveling, spending time with family
Accomplishments during residency: Presenter at San Diego Dermatological Society annual meeting