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Hyperbaric Medicine Current Fellows and Alumni


Tiffany Castellano, MD

Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center
Residency: University of Arizona South Campus Family Medicine

Dr. Tiffany Castellano is from San Antonio, TX where she completed her undergraduate education and medical school. She did her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Arizona South Campus in Tucson, Arizona. After residency, she spent almost two years working with the Tohono O'odham Nation as a primary care physician. She developed an interest in dive medicine after getting into scuba diving and is so excited to be a fellow in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine at UCSD. In her free time she enjoys traveling, scuba diving, hiking and music festivals. 

Paolina Pantcheva, MD

Undergraduate: University of South Florida
Medical School: University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Residency: USF Health/MPM Family Medicine

Dr. Pantcheva earned her Bachelor’s of Science at the University of South Florida.  This was followed by a Master’s of Science with a concentration in Aging and Neuroscience, at the USF Morsani College of Medicine, where she researched the effects of stem cells on stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other neurodegenerative diseases. She continued her USF journey and graduated in 2017 as a Doctor of Medicine from USF Morsani College of Medicine followed by Family Medicine Residency at USF/MPM. Currently, Dr. Pantcheva is a fellow at UCSD in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. Dr. Pantcheva has a wide range of professional interests, including Dive and Hyperbaric Medicine, Wound Care, Wilderness Medicine, and advocating for Women’s Health Issues. Dr. Pantcheva enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She has a love and appreciation for the great outdoors. She enjoys nature parks and beaches, she takes turn basking in the California and Florida sunshine with a liberal amount of sunscreen. She’s a foodie and loves exploring new culinary experiences. She loves traveling to new places as well as enjoying a lazy afternoon with her beagle, Archie, and her two cats Gwen and Mochi. 

Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship Alumni

Fellowship AlumniYearsWhere are they now
Kirsten Hornbeak
Scripps Encinitas, CA
Mahmoud Sabha
Integra Hospital Plano, TX
Leo Tanaka
UCSD Faculty
Damien Williams
Active military
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