PGY-4 Class

Andrew Allen

Andrew Allen joins us from Temple University in Philadelphia. As patient assistance program coordinator for community clinics in Raleigh before starting medical school, Andrew successfully obtained over 5 million dollars in prescription medications for the clinics’ >1000 patients! Based on his persistent commitment to service, leadership and research activities in medical school, he was selected for the Gold Humanism Society and has been an active member in a mentoring program where he has served as liaison between students and faculty. He is currently working on an academic medicine project, where he is creating a pocket guide for students for basic diagnostic criteria in psychiatric illnesses.

Keren Friedman

Keren Friedman comes to us from Sackler University in Tel Aviv. Keren matriculated to Sackler from the University of Denver where she participated in research and was part of the Pioneer Leadership Program to address psycho-stimulant abuse on college campuses. While excelling in all ways at Sackler, Keren also managed to dedicate large blocks of time in innovative research projects at UCSD child and eating disorders’ programs. In her spare time, Keren enjoys skiing, snowboarding, hiking and camping. She also likes to travel but loves being back in San Diego, where she shares a strong relationship with her family.


Elyse Galles

Elyse Galles comes to us from University of Iowa, where she has been a member of the Research Student Interest Group and mentor to first year medical students. She has served her community with activities such as the Iowa City Free Mental Health Clinic and Dorothy’s House – Caring for Kids in Crisis. Elyse is a certified yoga instructor and doula, and has worked as social media Spanish translator for the JAM School Foundation. Some of her hobbies include organizing trips with family and friends to hike and enjoy the great outdoors.

Matthew Klein

Matthew Klein will be joining our Research Track at UCSD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he will be completing the Medical Scientist Training Program and received his PhD in neuroscience. Matt has been extensively involved in research throughout his undergraduate and medical school years and already has earned several distinguished research fellowships, awards and publications. He likes to kayak, run and train his dog. He also likes to cook, as he learns from his father, who is “a masterful chef”.

Ronit Lyon

Ronit will be joining us as a PG2 this year. She comes to us after a one year Anesthesiology residency at University of California, Irvine. She received her M.D. from University of California, Los Angeles and her undergraduate degree at UCSD. She decided to make the move to Psychiatry because of her longstanding interests in neuropsychiatry and the desire to help others by way of their mental health. She has done research on the ability of internet sources to inform women of their birth method choices, flow disruptions in abdominal sacrocolpopexy, and the effect of media on fluid intake among women with overactive bladder. She enjoys cooking and learning languages.

Juan Molina

Juan Molina will be joining our program’s research track. He comes to us from University of South Florida. He is a distinguished member of the International Medicine Scholarly Concentration, a program that fosters scholarly activity. Juan was awarded travel grants to conduct mental health research in rural populations of northern Argentina. He also serves as an Outreach Coordinator for the Psychiatry Interest Coalition and is an active member of Project World Health, a student– organized medical mission group. His volunteer work includes activities with Camp Boggy Creek, a non-profit organization that offers a camp experience to children with serious medical illnesses, and Ybor Youth Clinic, which provides health care services to primarily underserved and LGBT youths. He enjoys sailing, dancing salsa, guitar and traveling. 

Stephanie Martinez

Stephanie Martinez comes to us from the University of Nevada, where she has taken on leadership roles with emphasis on personal well-being, community outreach and service. She has participated in the Student Outreach Clinic, attended the Betty Ford Institute Medical Education program for her Spring break to expand her education of addiction. She has continued to teach and mentor by being a supplemental instruction leader for the Psychiatry Clerkship. She was inducted into the Gold Humanism Society as a third year student. In her off time she enjoys swing dancing, soccer, hiking and traveling.

Eric Rafla-Yuan

Eric Rafla-Yuan, MD is a community track psychiatry resident at UC San Diego. Prior to medical school he received his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry with Latin honors from Chapman University in Orange, CA. He then graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he also completed a Certificate in Biomedical Ethics at the Vanderbilt Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society. Using elective time as a fourth year in medical school, he spent time in the Middle East working with the University of Jordan and UNHCR looking at psychological rehabilitation for refugees. His research focus is in examining the way that culture influences health policy and decision-making as well as the relationships between ethics, policy, and the law. He has been an active member in both organized and academic psychiatry—currently serving as the resident-fellow representative of the San Diego Psychiatric Society branch of the APA as well as the resident chair of the bioethics group of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. Recent notable achievements include a funded APA fellowship, a first-place award for best poster at a national conference, multiple publications, and oral presentations at various national and specialty conferences.

Ross Palmer

Ross Palmer is the soon to be alum from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Before medical school, Ross established a remarkable string of life experiences and accomplishments as an innovative engineer which lead to research in medical informatics, designing a software billing system, developing military command and control software, encrypted software now used in President Obama’s personal mobile phone, network intrusion detection system software, and travels as far as Iraq and Malaysia. At UA, Ross has been very active in the Commitment to Underserved People (CUP) program, the Global Health Distinction track, President of Flying of Agua Prieta, the Honor Code Committee and Co-Chair of the Psychiatry Interest Group. His hobbies include travel, exercise, computer programming