Hyperbaric Medicine Current Fellows and Alumni


Kirsten Hornbeak, MD

Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical School: UCSD School of Medicine
Residency: Emergency Medicine, Stanford

Dr. Kirsten Hornbeak is an Emergency Medicine physician joining UCSD as the Hyperbaric and Undersea Medicine fellow. A San Diego native, her life long love of the ocean has contributed to her interest in dive emergencies and ocean related injuries. Her publications to date focus in particular on marine exposures, envenomations, and intoxications. Dr. Hornbeak earned her MD at UCSD School of Medicine and prior to completing Emergency Medicine residency at Stanford. She enjoys clinical teaching and previously worked in community bringing additional experience providing care in semi resource limited settings.

Mahmoud Sabha, MD

Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine
Medical School: St. George's University
Residency: UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dr. Sabha is a family medicine physician who joined the Undersea and Hyperbaric Fellowship with a particular interest in Wound Care. He chose UCSD not only because it is in sunny Southern California but also because is it an established program with a great reputation. He is excited to be a part of the program shaping innovative methods in wound care and the academic future of diving and hyperbaric medicine.                                                                                                                             

Leo Tanaka, MD

Undergraduate: Pomona College
Medical School: Uniformed Services University
Residency: Wright State University

Dr. Tanaka is an emergency medicine physician who is excited and honored to be a member of the UCSD Hyperbarics team.  He has been travelling around the world over the last 15 years, serving the country as an experienced flight surgeon and dive medical officer.  Dive medicine captivated him, leading to his arrival in San Diego.  His additional interests include aerospace medicine, special operations medicine, tactical emergency medicine, and occupational medicine.                                                                                                                          

Damien Williams, MD

Undergraduate: University of California, Riverside
Medical School: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Residency: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center 

Dr. Damian Williams is originally from Los Angeles. He completed his undergraduate studies at UC Riverside and his medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology was completed at Walter Reed Military Medical Center. He is an incoming fellow in Undersea and Hyperbaric medicine with a strong interest in diving medicine research. In his free time he loves snorkeling, weight training, and the cinema.

Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship Alumni

Fellowship AlumniYearsWhere are they now
Nicole Agostinelli

Brenna Derksen
UCSD Faculty
Neil Donner

Kaighley Brett
Canadian Armed Forces
Aaron Heerboth
UCSD Faculty
Elizabeth Owen
Kaiser San Diego
Amanda Apicella
VA San Diego
Daniel Popa
UCSD Faculty
Daniel Landry
Canadian Armed Forces
Anthony Bielawski 2015-2016 Undersea Medical Officer, US Navy
Derek Covington 2015-2016 UF Gainesville
Charlotte Sadler 2014-2015 UCSD Faculty
Thomas Robinson 2014-2015 Undersea Medical Officer, US Navy
Gina Virgilio 2014-2015 Undersea Medical Officer, US Navy
Manish Mehta 2013-2014
Sandra Hayes 2013-2014 UCSD Faculty
Davut Savaser 2012-2013 Legacy Health, Portland, OR
Jose Evangelista 2012-2013 Henry Ford Hospital
Lucie Gijzen2011-2012 Department of National Defense
Sam Gerson 2011-2012 Fort Myers
Roxanna Sadri 2010-2011 New Zealand
Kim Bushman2009-2010Canadian Navy
Eric Huyn  2009-2010 

Samuel Miller2008-2009 Marian Medical Center
Damon Carbanara 2006-2007 Kaiser Sacramento
Francis Cummins 2006-2007 Healogics, Inc.
Nicholas Bird 2005-2006 Duke University
Anthony Medak 2005-2006 UCSD Faculty
Emi Latham 2004-2005 UCSD Faculty
Pete Witucki 2003-2004 UCSD Faculty
Bradley Bailey2003-2004 Healogics,Inc.
Ian Grover 2002-2003 UCSD Faculty
Peter Ro2001-2002Swedish Medical Center, Seattle
Marc Hare2000-2001Paradise Valley Hospital
Stuart Miller1999-2000Longbeach Memorial Care Health System
Brian Snyder 1998-1999 UCSD Faculty