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Class of 2021


Wael Alshehri, MD
Hometown: Abha, Saudia Arabia
Undergraduate / Medical School: King Khalid University
Favorite thing about UCSD: It’s calm
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: The sun
Fun fact: I struggle with coming up with fun facts
Favorite taco in San Diego: Lucha Libre
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Karen Cheng, MD
Hometown: Portland, OR 
Undergrad/Med School: Stanford / UC San Diego School of Medicine 
Favorite thing about UCSD: The people! 
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: Eat 
Fun fact: I like to bake and was known for bringing baked goods to megaconference in the carefree days of first year radiology
Favorite taco in San Diego: Mitch’s for fish tacos, Tacos El Gordo for meat tacos
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Soudabeh Fazeli, MD (T32)
Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Undergrad/Med School: Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Favorite thing about UCSD: The people
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: Walking/running barefoot on the beach
Fun fact: My most vivid memories are usually the ones that are somehow linked to something delicious!
Favorite taco in San Diego: Tacos El Gordo

Amin Haghighat, MD, PhD (Nuclear Medicine Track, T32)
Hometown: Jahrom, Iran
Undergraduate / Medical School: Tehran University / Tehran University
Favorite thing about UCSD: Beach to snow in 45 minutes
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: Losing to my son in the Ninjago ride at Legoland
Fun fact: All my kids are born on the 28th of the month and in a month that starts with J (January and June), you know how fun that is :) 
Favorite taco in San Diego: Chipotle!!!

Gemmy Hannsun, MD (Nuclear Medicine Track)
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Undergraduate / Medical School: UCLA/ UC Davis School of Medicine
Favorite thing about UCSD: It’s in San Diego
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: dollar fish tacos
Fun fact: Lost 70 lbs in college
Favorite taco in San Diego: Sexy Taco at California Burrito

Cheng William Hong, MD (T32)
Hometown: Singapore (or Buffalo, NY)
Undergrad / Medical School: Cal Tech / Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine
Favorite thing about UCSD: The faculty and co-residents
Favorite thing about/to do in San Diego: The beach and weather, lol
Fun fact: I’ve like to dance Lindy Hop/East Coast Swing for fun
Favorite taco in San Diego: Fish taco from Oscar’s. Bonus: California Burrito on Starling Road, I usually I grab a burrito on the way to moonlighting for dinner
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Paul Manning, MD
Hometown: Encinitas, CA
Undergrad/Med school: UC San Diego/UC San Diego School of Medicine
Favorite thing about UCSD: UCSD (and all UC's) highly value social mobility through education
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: Surfing
Fun fact: Wrestled in junior high and high school
Favorite taco in San Diego: Los Palmitos shrimp tacos
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Abraham Noorbakhsh, MD
Hometown:  Danville, CA 
Undergraduate / Medical School: UC Davis / UCSD
Favorite Thing About UCSD: Chill/fun people 
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: Awesome environment
Fun Fact: I have traveled to 14 countries, but still haven't crossed the border to Mexico (will fix this next trip post-COVID...)
Favorite Taco in San Diego: Shrimp taco at Taco Stand

David Ritchie, MD
Hometown: Anaheim Hills, CA
Undergraduate / Medical School: UC Davis / Medical College of Wisconsin
Favorite thing about UCSD: Proximity to the beach
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: Going to the San Diego Zoo and playing golf at Torrey Pines on the resident discount
Fun fact: Played on ESPN during the 1999 Western Regional Little League World Series
Favorite taco in San Diego: The camaron taco at City Tacos

Michael Shroads, MD
Hometown: Prescott, AZ
Undergraduate / Medical School: University of Arizona / Georgetown University School of Medicine
Favorite thing about UCSD: Breadth of pathology and expert faculty 
Favorite thing to do in San Diego: Be outdoors
Fun fact: Amateur surfer when strict conditions are met (small waves, sunny skies, warm water)
Favorite taco in San Diego: California burrito > taco

 

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