Our Trainees

2018 Incoming Trainees

Breast Surgery Fellowship

Chris Tonkin
Chris Tokin
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Undergrad: University of Notre Dame, BS in premedical studies and East Asian Languages and Literature
Medical School: University of Southern California
Residency: UC San Diego
Fellowship: in Plastic Surgery at Vanderbilt University
Outside Interests: surfing, golfing, writing, anything that keeps me in the sunshine, country music
Research Interests: Breast cancer, Breast reconstruction, oncoplastic surgery, aesthetic Breast surgery

Cardiothoracic Fellowship

Scott Chicotka
Scott Chicotka
Hometown: San Diego
Undergrad: University of San Diego - Electrical Emgineering
Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
Residency: Columbia University
Outside Interests: Surfing, running, Rugby, Ice hockey
Research Interests: transplant, ECMO, mechanical circulatory support

Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship

Dr. Sun Tso Hsieh
Dr. Sun Tso Hsieh
Fellow from Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital

General Surgery Residency

General Surgery Categorical Residents

Victoria Bendersky

Victoria Bendersky
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Undergrad: California State University Los Angeles, Biology
Medical School: Duke University
Outside Interests: Traveling, exploring new restaurants, hiking, snowboarding, walking on the beach with my dog
Research Interests: Regenerative medicine, cell biology, transplant immunology, medical education

Rachel Jensen

Rachel Jensen
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Undergrad: University of California Davis; Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior
Medical School: University of California Davis
Outside Interests: Cooking, baking, bike riding, yoga, painting, piano playing, Warriors basketball
Research Interests: Trauma outcomes, medical education, global health

Jay Meisner

Jay Meisner
Hometown: Lake Forest, Illinois
Undergrad: Northwestern University; Biological Sciences
Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Outside Interests: Backpacking and white-water rafting, gluten-free cooking and baking, yoga, discovering new music and going to concerts.
Research Interests: Surgical and medical education, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering, biopsychosocial and developmental impact of surgical intervention in the pediatric population.

Zongyang Mou

Zongyang Mou
Hometown: Qingdao, China
Undergrad: Emory University, Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Major
Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Outside Interests: Tennis, basketball, video games, cooking, and almost any outdoors activity
Research Interests: Genetics of obesity, utilizing Mendalian randomization in big data studies, medical technology

Rohini Patel

Rohini Patel
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Undergrad: University of Southern California, Biology major with a minor in Business and Popular Music
Medical School: University of Arizona - Tucson
Outside Interests: Traveling, kayaking, jet skiing, hiking, and learning how to snowboard
Research Interests: Clinical outcomes of standard versus novel surgical treatments, large database analysis of sub-populations, and surgical technological innovation

Ashwyn Sharma

Ashwyn Sharma
Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas
Undergrad: Johns Hopkins University; Biomedical Engineering
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University
Outside Interests: Following KC sports, basketball, tennis, watching TV shows and movies, photography, exploring San Diego
Research Interests: Surgical oncology, tissue engineering, surgical device development

Michael Turner

Michael Turner
Hometown: Brawley, CA
Undergrad: Corban University, Psychology
Medical School: Oregon Health and Science University
Outside interest: running, happy hour, reading, basketball, surfing (hopefully)
Research interest: minority health, medical education, bariatric surgery

General Surgery Preliminary Resident

Raeda Taj

Raeda Taj
Hometown: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Medical School: King Abdulaziz University
Outside Interests: Exercise, yoga and traveling
Research Interests: Cleft lip and palate and craniofacial conditions

Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellows

Robert Frank Cubas

Robert Frank Cubas
Hometown: Lima, Peru
Medical School: National University of Cordoba, Argentina
Residency: Loma Linda University
Outside Interests: Martial arts, CrossFit, Hiking, Family bike rides, Singing, Taking our kids to the park, Gathering with friends, Travel
Research Interests: Quality improvement, Interesting cases, Surgical education, Minimal invasive & robotic surgery

Ryan Broderick

Ryan Broderick
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Undergrad: University of Cincinnati, Biomedical Engineering - Device development
Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Residency: UC San Diego
Outside Interests: fly fishing, hiking with family, cooking, gardening
Research Interests: clinical and outcomes based research in minimally invasive/foregut/bariatric surgery, medical device and robotics design and optimization

Neurosurgery

Wali

Arvin Wali, MD, MAS
Undergrad: UC San Diego Revelle College
Medical School: UC San Diego School of Medicine
Residency: UC San Diego School of Medicine
Outside Interests: surfing, running, weight lifting, traveling, spending time with his family, Advaita Vedanta, Buddhist philosophy, and Stoic philosophy
Research Interstets: cost-effectiveness of neurosurgical interventions, big data analytics of neurosurgical outcomes, and addressing global/national socioeconomic disparities in neurosurgical outcomes

RDiaz-Aguilar

Luis Daniel Diaz-Aguilar, MDS
Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles

Neurotology and Skull-based Surgery Fellowship

Kareem Tawfik

Kareem Tawfik
Residency: University of Cincinnati

Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery Residency

Kayva Crawford

Kayva Crawford, MD (PGY -1)
Hometown: Portland, OR
Undergrad: University of Washington; Spanish, Bioethics and Humanities
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Outside Interests: marathon running, piano, reading, hiking, painting, baking
Research Interests: population-based research, head and neck oncology, pediatric otolaryngology

Omid Moshtaghi

Omid Moshtaghi, MD (PGY-1)
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Undergrad: San Diego State University; Biology.
Medical School: University of California, Irvine.
Outside Interests: Surfing, hiking, camping, and spending time with family.
Research Interests: Hidden hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus, patient decision making, and bioelectric technology.

Farhoud Faraji, MD, PhD

Farhoud Faraji, MD, PhD (PGY -1)
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Undergrad: University of California, Berkeley; Molecular & Cell Biology
Medical School: Saint Louis University
Outside Interests: Terrestrial and marine naturalism, scuba and freediving, climbing, hiking, yoga, travel, culinary arts, sailing, live music, horticulture and botany.
Research Interests: Head and neck oncology, metastasis biology, transcriptional biology, cell-mediated immunity, medical education.

Pediatric Surgery

Benjamin Keller, MD

Benjamin Keller, MD
Hometown: West Chicago, Illinois
Undergrad: University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; Molecular and Cellular Biology
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Residency: UC Davis Medical Center
Outside Interests: Running, Cooking, Yoga, Scuba, Live Music, Camping, Spending time with Family
Research Interests: Biomedical Device Design, Fetal Surgery, Pre-Term Labor, Mentorship

Pediatric Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Fellow

Dr. Tzyy-Nong Liou

Dr. Tzyy-Nong Liou
Hometown: Taichung, Taiwan
Undergrad: Washington University in St. Louis; Biology
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis
Residency: Washington University St. Louis
Outside Interests: Hiking, cycling, kayaking
Research Interests: Pediatric obstructive sleep apnea, quality improvement

Plastic Surgery Residency

Integrated Program

Dr. Paige McLean

Dr. Paige McLean 
Hometown: Reno, NV
Undergraduate: (Neuroscience) University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV
Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine, United States
Interests in Plastic Surgery:
Hobbies: Traveling, camping, hiking, snowboarding, golfing, Crossfit, cooking

Dr. Riley Dean

Dr. Riley Dean
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Undergraduate: (Biology) Louisiana State University Agricultural and Mechanical College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Medical School: McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas
Hobbies: snow skiing, hiking, fishing, cooking, surfing, traveling, gardening, and cycling

Independent Program

Dr. Jiwon Sarah Crowley

Dr. Jiwon Sarah Crowley
Undergraduate: (Psychology) University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
Medical School: Florida State University- College of Medicine
Residency: University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento

Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Hector Daniel Ludi

Hector Daniel Ludi
Hometown: Entre Rios, Argentina
Undergrad: River Plate Adventist College, Argentina, BA in Biology
Medical School: Cordoba University, Argentina
Residency: Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California
Outside Interests: Traveling, hiking,
Research Interests: Trauma

Nikolas Kappy

Nikolas Kappy
Hometown: Holmdel, NJ
Undergrad: Georgetown University, Biology
Medical School: Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School
Residency: Cooper University Hospital, Camden, New Jersey
Outside Interests: Sailing, Tennis, Skiing, Hiking with our dog Leo
Research Interests: Traumatic Brain Injury, adipose-derived stem cells, Quality Improvement

Meghan Cochran-Yu

Meghan Cochran-Yu
Hometown: Redlands, CA
Undergrad: University of Redlands, Asian Studies, Biochemistry
Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Residency: Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, California
Outside Interests: Outdoor sports, cooking, dancing
Research Interests: Education

Vascular Surgery

Michael Levine

Michael Levine
Hometown: Randolph, MA
Undergrad: University of Massachusetts. Chemistry
Medical School: University of Wisconsin
Residency: UC San Diego
Outside Interests: Sailing
Research Interests: Vascular Surgery

 

All Current Trainees

Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship

Hashmi

Chris Tokin


Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellow

Ishida

Yuichi Ishida

Chicotka

Scott Chicotka


Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship

Hsieh

Sun Tso Hsieh


General Surgery

PGY 5-Chiefs

Law

Timothy Law
Yale University

Liu

Shanglei (Shawn) Liu
UC San Diego

Marmor

Rebecca Marmor
Case Western Reserve

Munden

Andrea Munden
UC San Diego

Stringfield

Sarah Stringfield
University of Wisconsin

Voss

Rachel Voss
Ohio State University

Law

Kathryn Parker
New York University

PGY 4

Alkhuziem

Maha Alkhuziem
King Abdul University

Brito

Alexandra Brito
National University of Ireland

Theresa Chan

Theresa Chan
University of Cincinnati

Thinzar Lwin

Thinzar Lwin

Shenvi

Edna Shenvi
Keck School of Medicine of USC

Divua Sood

Divya Sood
University of Minnesota

Ward

Erin Ward
Michigan State University

PGY 3

Carroll

Danielle Carroll
University of Virginia

Carroll

Jonathan DeLong
Eastern Virginia Medical

Janssen

Claire Janssen
Tulane University

Lake

Charissa Lake
University of Cincinnati

Niemiec

Stephen Niemiec
UC San Diego

Roderick

Elizabeth Roderick
UC San Diego

PGY 2

Robles

Rachel Blitzer
Geisel School of Medicine,
Dartmouth College

Roderick

Harrison Chau
University of Cincinnati

Ramon Diez-Barroso

Ramon Diez-Barroso, Jr.
Baylor College of Medicine

Jocelyn Green

Jocelyn Green
Georgetown University

Sasha Halasz

Sasha Halasz
Mayo Medical School

Ramon Diez-Barroso

Steven Hawkins
Louisville University

Jonathan Lio

Jonathan Li
George Washington University

Ramon Diez-Barroso

Eleftherious Makris
Aristotle University
Categorical PGY2

Jared Matson

Jared Matson
Oregon Health & Science University

James Reeves

James Reeves
Geisel School of Medicine,
Dartmouth College

General Surgery Categorical Interns

Bendersky

Victoria Bendersky
Duke University

Jensen

Rachel Jensen
University of California Davis

Meisner

Jay Meisner
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine 

Mou

Zongyang Mou
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Patel

Rohini Patel
University of Arizona - Tucson 

Sharma

Ashwyn Sharma
Johns Hopkins University

Turner

Michael Turner
Oregon Health and Science University

General Surgery Preliminary Intern

Taj

Raeda Taj
King Abdulaziz University 

General Surgery Research Fellows

Flynn

Sean Flynn
(Zage)
University of Pittsburgh


Hollandsworth

Hannah Hollandsworth
(Bouvet)
Michigan State University


Lam

Jenny Lam
(Horgan/Google)
University of Nevada

Lee

Arielle Lee
(Horgan)
Georgetown University

Williams

Elliot Williams
(Trauma)
UC San Diego

Zhao

Beiqun “Mark” Zhao
(Bioinformatics)
University of Iowa


Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellows

Cubas

Robert Frank Cubas
Loma Linda University

Broderick

Ryan Broderick
UC San Diego


Neurosurgery Residency

Cheung

Vincent Cheung
PGY 7
Baylor College of Medicine

Hoshide

Reid Hoshide
PGY 7
University Of Hawaii

Steinberg

Jeffrey Steinberg
PGY 6
Albany Medical College

Santiago-Dieppa

David Santiago-Dieppa
PGY 6
Johns Hopkins University

Rennert

Robert Rennert
PGY 5
Ohio State Univeristy

Martin

Joel Martin
PGY 5
Duke University

Gupta

Mihir Gupta
PGY 4
Stanford University

Cleary

Daniel Cleary
PGY 4
Yale University

Hirshman

Brian Hirshman
PGY 3
University of California, San Diego

Khan

Usman Khan
PGY 3
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center

Plonsker

Jillian Plonsker
PGY 2
Rush Medical College

Birk

Harjus Birk
PGY 2
Rush Medical College

Wali

Arvin Wali, MD, MAS
PGY 1
University of California, San Diego

Diaz-Aguilar

Luis Daniel Diaz-Aguilar, MD
PGY 1
University of California, Los Angeles


Neurotology and Skull-based Surgery Fellowship

Tawfik

Kareem Tawfik 
University of Cincinnati



Otolaryngology Residency

PGY 6

Jafari

Aria Jafari
Stanford University

Schaerer

Daniel Schaerer
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

PGY 5

Haft

Sunny Haft
University of Pennsylvania

Pang

John Pang
Johns Hopkins University SOM


PGY 4

Bracken

David Bracken
University of Texas: Houston

Panuganti

Bharat Panuganti
Saint Louis University

PGY 3

Finegersh

Andrey Finegersh
University of Pittsburgh

Stramiello

Capt. Joshua Stramiello
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

SQualliotine

Jesse Qualliotine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

PGY 2

Funk

Emily Funk
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Saddawi-Konefka

Robert Saddawi-Konefka
UC San Diego

PGY 1

Crawford

Kayva Crawford
Tufts University School of Medicine

Faraji

Farhoud Faraji
St. Louis University

Moshtaghi

Omid Moshtaghi
UC Irvine


Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

Benjamin Keller

Benjamin Keller
UC Davis Medical Center


Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship

Tzyy-Nong Liou

Tzyy-Nong Liou
Washington University St. Louis 


Plastic Surgery

Independent Program

Kpaduwa

Chinwe Kpaduwa (PGY 8)

Hauch

Adam Hauch (PGY 7)

Sarah Crowley (PGY 6)

Integrated Program

Zaldana-Flynn

Michelle Zaldana-Flynn (PGY 4)


Li

Sean Li (PGY 3)

Kordahi

Anthony Kordahi (PGY 3)

Englar

Kevin Englar (PGY 2)


Dean

Riley Dean (PGY 1)
McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas 


HPaige McLean (PGY 1)

Paige McLean (PGY 1)
University of Nevada School of Medicine


Surgical Critical Care Fellows

Hector Daniel Ludi

Meghan Cochran-Yu
Kaiser Permanente

Hector Daniel Ludi

Hector Daniel Ludi
Loma Linda University

Kappy

Nikolas Kappy
Cooper University Hospital


Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Fellows

Covarubias

Antonio Covarubias

Michael Levine

Michael Levine
UC San Diego