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Class of 2023


Thamer Alebdi, MD
Hometown: Saudi Arabia 
Undergraduate / Medical School: King Saud University 
Favorite thing about UCSD: Great faculty and residents, good support system. 
Favorite things to do in San Diego: I’m a foodie so trying new restaurants, hiking and playing tennis. 
Fun fact: I have a severe case of Ornithophobia.
Favorite taco in San Diego: I prefer Middle Eastern and Turkish cuisines
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Hashem Almahmoud, MD
Hometown: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Undergrad/Med School: King Saud University College of Medicine
Favorite thing about UCSD: My co-residents! Smart, fun, and supportive!
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: Phil's BBQ.
Fun fact: I can beat John Do in a footrace "theoretically". 
Favorite taco in San Diego: Tacos El Gordo, La Fachada.
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Abdulaziz Almanie, MD
Hometown: Shaqraa, Saudi Arabia
Undergraduate / Medical School: King Saud University College of Medicine.
Favorite thing about UCSD: Support from faculty
Fun or interesting fact: Scuba diving
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: Spending time with family
Favorite taco in San Diego: Blue water

Ola Besser, MD, PhD (T32)
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergrad/Medical School: UC Santa Barbara / University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Favorite thing about UCSD: Weather, variety of activities to choose from, and my crossfit fam
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: Crossfit, anything outdoors
Fun fact: I raced professionally as a triathlete for one year during medical school
Favorite taco in San Diego: Carnitas Snack Shack on Embarcadero
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Dustin Brown, MD, PhD (T32)
Hometown: Livermore, KY
Undergraduate / Medical School: University of Kentucky / University of Kentucky School of Medicine
Favorite thing about UCSD: excellent training in a great location 
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: trying out new restaurants
Fun fact: I enjoy playing judo
Favorite taco in San Diego: Taco Stand

John Do, MD (IR)
Hometown: Fountain Valley, CA
Undergrad / Medical School: Stanford / Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Favorite thing about UCSD: The people. Attendings and residents make coming to work fun
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: Sunday mornings you might catch me with Wayfarer pastries at Bird Rock park, which overlooks the beach
Fun fact: Practiced Taekwondo for 19 years but hung up my uniform since med school and took up rock climbing. Come climbing with me and Adam Robinson once gyms open
Favorite taco in San Diego: Al pastor tacos from Taco Stand
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Tyler Mandt, MD (T32-IR)
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Undergrad / Medical School: University of Washington / University of Washington School of Medicine
Favorite thing about UCSD: The faculty are leaders in their fields and excellent educators
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: Play golf or go to the beach or Balboa park/SD zoo
Fun fact: I’m working on an automated cat feeder so I can sleep in on the weekend
Favorite taco in San Diego: Anything from City Tacos or Tacos el Gordo

Ashley Mendez, MD
Hometown: Miami, FL
Undergraduate / Medical School: University of Florida/Florida International University College of Medicine
Favorite thing about UCSD: The variety of interesting cases
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: On Saturdays, going to the tuna market in downtown, followed by the Little Italy food market, and ending the day on the beach
Fun fact:  I enjoy baking on my free time and I’m currently working on perfecting my macarons
Favorite taco in San Diego: Any taco from Puesto

Yousuf Qaseem, MD (ESIR)
Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Undergraduate / Medical School: University of New Mexico/University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Favorite thing about UCSD: Great education with great people
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: Eat Bobboi Gelato and go to the beach! 
Fun fact: I grew up ten minutes from the car wash in "Breaking Bad". 
Favorite taco in San Diego: Tacos La Playa in PB
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Adam Robinson, MD
Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia
Undergrad/Med School: University of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Favorite thing about UCSD: The Geisel Library and Fallen Star
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: Mountain biking at Mount Laguna
Fun fact: I once rode my bike across the country, from Seattle to the Chesapeake Bay.
Favorite taco in San Diego: Mike's Taco Club in Ocean Beach
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Derek St. Louis, MD
Hometown: Chesterfield, MI
Undergraduate / Medical School: Michigan State University/Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Favorite thing about UCSD: Excellent clinical training
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: Spend time outside/at the beach
Fun fact: I met my wife in middle school
Favorite taco in San Diego: Don Bravo, Bonus: Rigoberto's

Mathew Thomas, MD
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Undergrad / Medical School: University of Minnesota/Duke University School of Medicine
Favorite thing about UCSD: Incredible teaching during readout 
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: Surfing
Fun fact: I like turtles
Favorite taco in San Diego: The Taco Stand in North Park
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Vishal Thumar, MD
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Undergrad / Medical School: University of Missouri - Kansas City (6-Year BA/MD)
Favorite thing about UCSD: Resident camaraderie and faculty passion for resident education
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: So many things to do! I am currently exploring all of the breweries. 
Fun fact: Kansas City Chiefs fan!
Favorite taco in San Diego: Mahi Mahi Taco at South Beach Bar & Grill
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