Current Residents

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Back row (left to right): Yun Larry Tong, MD, David Cotter, MD, PhD, Ellen Haddock, MBA, MD, Aislyn Nelson, MD, PhD, Alina Goldenburg, MD, MAS, Aria Vazirnia, MD, MAS
Middle Row: Dawn Eichenfield, MD, PhD, Jusleen Ahluwalia, MD, Brittany Yee, MD, Rachel Sennett, MD, PhD, Kimberly Chun, MD, Joyce Yuan, MD, Talayesa Buntinx-Krieg, MD 
Front: Tanya Greywal, 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 of which you are most proudFinishing the La Jolla half marathon (twice), writing a review of Jak inhibitors in atopic dermatitis, and competing in the annual Allergic Contact Dermatitis Allergen Bee at the AAD

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 of which you are most proudAmerican Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Young Investigators Writing Competition Award Winner, Rising Derm Star candidate during Winter Clinical Dermatology Conference in Hawaii


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 of which you are most proud: Participating in the “Stand Down”
event for homeless veterans and the “Clean Slate” laser tattoo removal program.


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 of which you are most proud: Resident board member for the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS); resident board member for the California Association of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery (CalDerm); presented posters at AAD, CalDerm, and ASLMS conferences

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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


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


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 the laboratory 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


​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


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, oral presentation at Pacific Dermatologic Association meeting, "Clean Slate" laser tattoo removal program volunteer, ad hoc reviewer for American Journal of Transplantation

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: 

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

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

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

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