Current Residents

​Medical Residents​



Dan Sieble, MD
PGY-5
​Undergraduate School:
University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
Medical School:
Harvard Medical School
Internship:
Scripps Mercy Hospital
Hometown:
San Diego, CA
If I'm not working, you can find me:
spending time with family, surfing, reading epic fantasy
Favorite thing about San Diego:
the ocean and the outdoors
Clinical & Research Interests:
prostate cancer, palliative care, pediatrics, international underserved medicine
Hidden Talents / Secret Alter-Egos:
Electric slap bass, grilling the perfect tri-tip

Jeff Burkeen, MD
PGY-5
Undergraduate School:
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Medical School:
Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station, TX
Internship:
Tulane University Preliminary Medicine, New Orleans, LA
Hometown:
Colorado Springs, CO
If I'm not working, you can find me:
Running, playing soccer
Favorite thing about San Diego:
Sunset Cliffs, beaches, weather
Clinical & Research Interests:
CNS
Hidden Talents / Secret Alter-Egos:
Billiards, ping pong.

Andrew Bruggeman, MD
PGY-5
Undergraduate School:
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Medical School:
University of Toledo College of Medicine, Toledo, OH
Internship:
University of California San Diego, Internal Medicine Residency, San Diego, CA
Hometown:
Toledo, OH
If I'm not working, you can find me:
Hanging out with my family around San Diego
Favorite thing about San Diego:
Outdoor activities 
Clinical & Research Interests:
Palliative Care
Hidden Talents / Secret Alter-Egos:
Phil Mickelson - lefty, tall, calm, golder (except I have a much higher handicap)

Lucas Vitzthum, MD
PGY-4
Undergraduate School:
University of Wisconsin, Madison WI
Medical School:
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Internship:
Hennepin County Medical Center Transitional Year, Minneapolis, MN
Hometown:
Lino Lakes, MN
If I'm not working, you can find me:
Spending time outdoors, running, hiking, and fishing
Favorite thing about San Diego:
sunshine, tacos, waves, and dog beaches.
Clinical & Research Interests
Clinical Trials, Cancer Care in under-served populations

Hidden Talents / Secret Alter-Egos: Fly Fishing


Minh Huynh-Le, MD
PGY-4
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Christopher Straka, MD
PGY-4
Undergraduate School:
Duke University, Durham. North Carolina
Medical School:
University of Texas Southwestern
Internship:
Transitional Year, Colorado Health Foundation
Hometown:
Charlottesville, VA
If I'm not working, you can find me:
Surfing, at the beach with family.
Favorite thing about San Diego:
Engaging in outdoor recreation every day of the year
Clinical & Research Interests:
Patient experience, patient education, health technology, caregiver humanism, oncology in the developing world, prostate cancer, head and neck cancer, lymphoma, oligometastatic disease, hypo-fractionated treatments
Hidden Talents / Secret Alter-Egos:
I worked a year in St. John, USVI, as an open water scuba instructor and certified dozens of scuba divers!

Karen Tye, MD
PGY-3
Undergraduate School:
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Medical School:
University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Internship:
MacNeal Hospital Transitional Year, Berwyn, IL
Hometown:
West Covina, CA
If I'm not working, you can find me:
with UCSD Masters Swimming, running along the marina, traveling
Favorite thing about San Diego:
everything!
Clinical & Research Interests:
Medical education, quality improvement, health disparities
Hidden Talents / Secret Alter-Egos:
Origami, speed solving Rubik's cubes

Aaron Simon, MD
PGY-3
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Christine Feng, MD
PGY-3
Undergraduate School:
University of California San Diego
Medical School:
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Internship:
MacNeal Hospital Transitional Year, Berwyn, IL
Hometown:
Sacramento, CA
If I'm not working, you can find me:
on a plane or in a restaurant
Favorite thing about San Diego:
the fantastic weather, beaches, and tacos
Clinical & Research Interests:
Clinical Trials, quantifying patient comorbidities, gynecologic maligancies
Hidden Talents / Secret Alter-Egos:
gourmand extraordinaire

Casey Williamson, MD
PGY-2
Undergraduate School:
University of Southern California
Medical School:
University of California San Diego
Internship:
University of California Los Angeles - Olive View
Hometown:
Denver, Colorado
If I'm not working, you can find me:
running, reading, camping / backpacking, skiing, attempting to surf, finding the perfect IPA
Favorite thing about San Diego:
friendly atmosphere, beautiful surroundings, amazing co-workers
Clinical & Research Interests:
Clinical Trials, outcomes research, cost-effectiveness

Michael Connor, MD
PGY-2
Undergraduate School:
Washington University, St. Louis
Medical School:
University of California Irvine
Internship:
University of California Irvine
Hometown:
Portola Valley, CA
If I'm not working, you can find me:
Running
Favorite thing about San Diego:
Being Outdoors
Clinical & Research Interests:
Quantiative imaging, CNS, lymphoma, quality/safety

Whitney Sumner, MD
PGY-2
Undergraduate School:
University of Denver
Medical School:
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Internship:
Colorado Health Foundation, Transitional Year
Hometown:
East Greenbush, NY
If I'm not working, you can find me:
hiking, taking pictures of wildlife, watching football
Favorite thing about San Diego:
post work hikes in Torrey Pines, beach sunsets, tacos, and whales!
Clinical & Research Interests:
head and neck cancers, tumor microenvironment, immunotherapy


Medical Physics


Xenia Fave, PhD
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Everardo Flores-Martinez, PhD
Undergraduate School:
National Autonomous University of Mexico
Graduate School:
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Hometown:
Mexico City, Mexico
If I'm not working, you can find me:
watching soccer
Favorite thing about San Diego:
the beach
Clinical & Research Interests:
SRS, reference dosimetry and medical physics education in Latin America

Kristen McConnell, PhD
Undergraduate School:
The University of Texas at Austin
Graduate School:
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Hometown:
Fort Worth, Texas
If I'm not working, you can find me:
running at the beach
Favorite thing about San Diego:
the weather
Clinical & Research Interests:
Biologically-relevant dosimetry and Monte Carlo damage modeling
Hidden Talents / Secret Alter-Egos:
I cook the best breakfast potatoes

​Jennifer Steers, PhD

Undergraduate School:
University of Michigan 
Graduate School:
UCLA
Hometown:
Grand Rapids, MI
If I'm not working, you can find me:
hiking, baking, and singing
Favorite thing about San Diego:
the range of outdoor activities
Clinical & Research Interests:
safety and IMRT QA
Hidden Talents / Secret Alter-Egos:
learning new musical instruments (currently working on the accordion)