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First Year Fellows

Dr. Desai completed her Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency training at the University of Minnesota where she was a resident representative, member of the resident clinic curriculum editorial board, co-lead for Women in Medicine, and co-lead for Heart of Medicine. Her research focus during residency included: Interactions of adolescents and their primary care physicians, PFAPA presentation in children, and use of Vitamin C in Sepsis. Dr. Desai was also awarded the best poster presentation at MN AAP, MN ACP, and University of Minnesota Global Health Symposium. She has spent the last year as a chief resident for the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics program at the University of Minnesota. Her passions include health equity, health advocacy, medical education, and medical humanities. In addition, she spends time working with a medical education podcast (COREIM) and has been featured on Clinical Problem Solvers. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, exploring a new place through its food scene, and yoga.
  • 2005-2009: Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) BS in Biochemistry & Nutritional Science with a minor in Gender Studies
  • 2011-2015: Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI) 
  • 2015-2019: Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency at the University of Minnesota 
  • 2019-2020: Chief Resident Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota 
  • Transition of Pediatric to Adult Pulmonology Care (specifically chronic lung disease, pulmonary hypertension)
  • Post-ICU Care
  • Health Equity in ICU care and chronic lung disease
  • Medical Education
  1. Cafferty R, Desai B, Alfath Z, Davey C, Schneider K. Adolescent Pride Festival Attendees-Assessing Their Interactions With Primary Care Physicians. J Adolesc Health. 2020;66(6):666-671. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.11.305
  2. Bensman, R. S., Slusher, T. M., Butteris, S. M., Pitt, M. B., On Behalf Of The Sugar Pearls
  3. Investigators, Becker, A., Desai B., George, A., Hagen, S., Kiragu, A., Johannsen, R., Miller, K., Rule, A., & Webber, S. (2017). Creating Online Training for Procedures in Global Health with PEARLS (Procedural Education for Adaptation to Resource-Limited Settings). The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene, 97(5), 1285–1288. https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.16-0936
  4. Moroz, N., Guillaud, L., Desai B., & Kostyukova, A. S. (2013). Mutations changing tropomodulin affinity for tropomyosin alter neurite formation and extension. PeerJ, 1, e7. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.7


Allen Jiang



Allen was originally from the windy city of Chicago where he cultivated a great passion for its sports along with an equal hatred of the Packers. Allen has many clinical interests including ECMO, pulmonary hypertension, and advanced lung disease and hopes to narrow down his clinical focus during fellowship. He is currently loving life here in San Diego where it is always sunny and where he will never have to de-ice his car during a polar vortex again.
  • 2009-2012: BS, Biology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • 2012-2013: MS, Biology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • 2013-2017: MD, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin, Chicago, IL
  • 2017-2020: Internal Medicine Residency, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA


Eric Mlodzinski grew up in Long Island, NY and then moved to Boston to attend Boston College, where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Biology. He returned to New York for medical school at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. While in medical school, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, and received multiple awards including the Eli A. Friedman Award of Distinction in Internal Medicine. He then moved back to Boston to complete his internal medicine training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. While in residency, Eric developed an interest in big data analysis and predictive modeling for critical care outcomes, collaborating with data scientists through MIT's Laboratory for Computational Physiology and the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology. His work has focused specifically on the management and outcomes of dysnatremias in the ICU. While not at work, Eric enjoys spending time outdoors running, hiking, and playing volleyball.
  • 2009-2013: Boston College, B.S.
  • 2013-2017: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, M.D.
  • 2017-2020: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Internal Medicine Residency
  • Critical Care Outcomes
  • Predictive Modeling
  • Dysnatremias
  1. Mlodzinski E, Stone DJ, Celi LA (2020). Machine Learning for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine: A Narrative Review. Pulm Ther. 2020 Feb 5. PMID: 32048244

Dr. Senyei was raised in San Diego and moved to the East Coast where he earned his undergraduate degree in Film Studies from Yale University. He then received his joint MD-MBA from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and Kellogg School of Management. He returned to San Diego to complete his Internal Medicine Residency at UC San Diego where he studied the hemodynamic effects of targeted medical therapy in patients with operable chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. Prior to entering fellowship, he was selected as a VA Chief Resident in Quality and Safety during which time he redesigned the quality improvement and patient safety curriculum for the Internal Medicine residency program. His career interests center on combining Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Implementation Science. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking and going to the beach.
  • 2006-2010: Yale University, B.A. Film Studies
  • 2011-2016: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • 2014-2016: Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management
  • 2016-2019: UC San Diego, Internship and Residency, Internal Medicine
  • 2019-2020: UC San Diego, VA Chief Resident in Quality and Safety
  • 2020-2023: UC San Diego, Fellowship, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
  • Interventional Pulmonology
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Quality Improvement
  • Implementation Science
  1. Senyei, G Fernandes T. Duration of Anticoagulation Post-PE: Things to Consider. http://www.acc.org. Mar. 22, 2019. Online review.
  2. Karakikes, I., Senyei, G., et al. Small Molecule-Mediated Directed Differentiation of Human Embryonic Stem Cells Toward Ventricular Cardiomyocytes. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2014 Jan;3(1):18-31.
  3. Hulot, J., Senyei, G., et al. Sarcoplasmic reticulum and calcium cycling targeting by gene therapy. Gene Ther. 2012 Jun;19(6):596-9.
  4. Ren, Y. Senyei, G., et al. Small molecule Wnt inhibitors enhance the efficiency of BMP-4-directed cardiac differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2011 Sep;51(3):280-7.
  5. Qyang, Y., Senyei, GRegeneration of a Heart Cell. The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, 2009; 82(3):117-9.
  6. Senyei, G. et al. “Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma Mimicking Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension.” ATS International Conference. 18 May 2018.


Dr. Sullivan grew up outside of Atlanta, GA and then went to medical school in New York City where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She made her way out to the west coast for residency and a chief resident year at UCLA, where she was also a two-time regional champion on the ACP Jeopardy team. She is interested in interstitial lung disease and lung transplant.
  • 2008-2012: University of Georgia
  • 2012-2016: NYU School of Medicine 
  • 2016-2019: UCLA Internal Medicine Residency Program
  • 2019-2020: UCLA Internal Medicine Chief Resident

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