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Class of 2023 Bios

Nader Badri, MD

Medical School: UCSD

Undergraduate: UCLA, International Development Studies

Background: Marine Corps Intelligence Officer with 2 deployments to Afghanistan; President Holistic and Integrative Medicine Interest Group; Medical Educator with Nutrition Kitchen Project; Substitute Teacher

Hobbies and Interests: “I enjoy nerding out over science with my pharmacist wife, brewery tours, wine tasting, good TV shows (Game of Thrones), and traveling to exotic places such as Europe and Peru. My

professional interests include critical care management, medical education, and diagnostics.”

Hometown(s): San Diego, CA; Fairfield, CA; Fresno, CA

Ryan Carlson, MD

Medical School: University of Utah

Undergraduate: Brigham Young University, Microbiology

Background: Lived in Chile for 2 years as part of his mission; EMT supervisor over 40 EMTs; clinic manager for low-resource clinic

Hobbies and Interests: “Canyoneering slot canyons in southern Utah (Zion, Robber's Roost, San Rafael Swell, etc), competitive pickleball (3.5 level), skiing (Brighton home resort), ham radio (have yet to reach the International Space Station. Call sign KG7YCA), practicing Spanish, vintage Honda trail bikes (Honda CT90 and CT70), backpacking, camp fire

cooking (french toast, bacon ranch grilled potatoes, breakfast egg and sausage taquitos, etc).”

Hometown: Midway, UT. Hong Kong, China.

Brennan Chang, MD

Medical School: New York University (Grossman)

Undergraduate: UCLA, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics

Background: 1st Place International Health Photo Competition; developed an undergraduate social emergency medicine case curriculum for the NYU School of Medicine

Hobbies and Interests: “1) Hammocking: I once spent a year exclusively sleeping in a hammock. 2) Making jewelry: I create my own precious metal alloys and cast or create wire jewelry. 3) Sourdough bread baking: My starter was brought to the US from Taiwan by a relative. 4)

Wood-fired pizza ovens: I enjoy both constructing and using them. 5) Locksmithing: I rekeyed my parent's cars so they all use the same key.

Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA”

Matthew Fukuda, MD

Medical School: Loma Linda University

Undergraduate: The Master's University, Santa Clarita, CA, Biology

Background: Helped with a medical mission on the rural eastern coast of Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island; volunteered at the Hospital of Hope in Togo, West Africa; volunteered at construction projects and children programs on the Yakama Indian Reservation in Eastern Washington; Medical scribe trainer

Hobbies and Interests: “I have always loved water sports. Spending every day at the pool as a competitive swimmer, I was addicted to the thrill of powering through the water to hit the wall first. Moving to Southern California for college and grad school, my love for swimming morphed into a passion for surfing. I also continue to train and enjoy free weights, hiking and cross-country running. My goal for the next year is to backpack sections of the John Muir Trail and to run the LA marathon in March.”

Hometown: Mercer Island, WA

Julia Giacopuzzi, MD

Medical School: Loma Linda University

Undergraduate: Point Loma Nazarene University, Biochemistry

Background: Past President of EMIG, assisted Loma Linda School of Dentistry with a free dental clinic in Kingston, Jamaica.

Operations manager for Turn the Hearts, an orphanage outreach based out of Maneadera, Mexico.

Hobbies and Interests: Rock climbing, swing dancing, cooking, hiking, surfing, snow skiing, gardening, reading, fishing, volleyball, running.

Hometown: Lake Arrowhead and Mammoth, California

Christine Huynh, MD

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Undergraduate: UCSD, Human Biology

Background: Spent 4 months with study abroad in Canberra, Australia; participant with Warrior Partnership talking with veterans about trauma; ED Scribe

Hobbies and Interests: “TENNIS: Played competitively in high school (MVP in the Garden Grove Varsity League), play recreationally with friends in medical school, member of the Milwaukee Tennis League HIKING: Overcoming my fear of heights, I hiked Angels Landing at Zion National Park and the Mist Trail at Yosemite National Park SCUBA DIVING: Have gone scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef

and Tioman Island in Malaysia Other hobbies and interests: Cooking, trying out new foods and restaurants, oil painting, snowboarding, animals”

Hometown: Garden Grove, CA

Zhara Khan, MD

Medical School: University of California Riverside

Undergraduate: University of California Riverside, Psychology

Background: Spent six months at the University College of Utrecht, Netherlands in study abroad; Cofounder of Deaf Community Connect an organization created to raise awareness of the deaf community’s culture & needs; Student Ultrasound Instructor; ED scribe

Hobbies and Interests: Hiking, skiing, painting, reading, cooking, baking, gardening and playing tennis.

Hometown: Riverside, CA

Christy Meyer, MD

Medical School: University of California Davis

Undergraduate: University of California Santa Cruz, Literature with an emphasis on poetry

Background: Former owner of Cloud Bodyworks, with three midtown Manhattan locations; Used grounded theory approach to study patient perceptions of clinic (see Journal of Investigative Medicine. 2019, Jan; 67(1): 64-162); 8 month internship in Integrative Medicine and Infectious Disease

Hobbies and Interests: “Backpacking, bioregionalism, reading (philosophy and science-fiction, especially), writing (prose poetry), listening to podcasts, art appreciation”

Hometown(s): Ukiah, CA, Montreal, QC, and New York City, NY

Rawad Rayes, MD

Medical School: University of Southern California

Undergraduate: University of California Santa Barbara, Biopsychology

Background: Systematically canvased Los Angeles streets overnight to achieve an accurate count of Los Angeles's homeless population as part of The Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count; Vice President of Homeless Outreach, Education, & Empowerment SIG; Peer support counsellor; ED scribe

Hobbies and Interests: “Soccer since age 5 playing midfield/defense. Distance Running having completed the 2016 Los Angeles Marathon. Dungeons and Dragons weekly with friends. Tabletop games. Stand up comedy. Camping. Video games. Virtual Reality gaming/tech.

Film - have a subscription to theaters, make lists on letterboxd, events with friends. Surfing (novice). Podcasts- Listen to 23 on a regular basis, topics include music, movies, science, medicine, history, sports. Cooking- homemade pasta, bread, soups, ramen.”

Hometown: Simi Valley, California

Ben Schoenberg, MD

Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University

Undergraduate: UCLA, Biology

Background: Mentor for underrepresented minority high school students interested in careers in the health professions and medicine in Philadelphia; Team Captain Jefferson intramural volleyball; Head Coach, Claremont Youth Basketball League.

Hobbies and Interests: “Beach days, trail and mountain hiking (Yosemite and Joshua Tree are my favorite national parks), finding the best hole in the wall restaurants, backpacking in new countries (next one is Puerto Rico), scuba diving (past dive sites include Indonesia,

Mexico, Greece, Thailand, California), playing and watching basketball, volleyball, baking pizza/bagels, documentaries, mindfulness meditation, yoga”

Hometown: Claremont, CA

Shayna Sleight, MD

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University

Undergraduate: Oregon State University, Nutrition and Exercise Science

Background: Race Director for Hills for Humanity, a 5K race which raised over $2,000 to benefit a health fair for underserved community members; Child Life Services volunteer at UCSF Children’s Hospital; Camp Director Head Over Heals Athletic Arts a non-profit youth program.

Hobbies and Interests: “-Family time (with son, husband, dog)

-International travel (visited 19 countries in 3 months immediately prior to medical school; 3 more while in school)

-Cooking (enjoy experimenting with new ingredients)

-Painting and sketching (host paint parties; create personalized gifts) -Gymnastics (competitive gymnast through high school; over 14 years coaching)

-Dance (enjoy taking classes and other opportunities to dance)

-Former runner (completed 4 marathons; still enjoy the occasional jog)”

Hometown: Grants Pass, OR

Chloe Summerland, MD

Medical School: Brown University

Undergraduate: Whitman College Walla Walla, WA, Environmental Humanities, Spanish minor

Background: 27 months in the Peace Corps as sole agricultural volunteer in a small, rural community in Ingapi, Ecuador; English teacher in Guatemala; nearly 2 years as a “farmhand” at Thundering Hooves Farm in Touchet, WA; Bilingual family support specialist with Volunteers of America Child and Youth Services; Animal caregiver at the Washington Serpentarium

Hobbies and Interests: “ --Global Health --Acting/Community theatre --Rural and Underserved Healthcare --Ashtanga yoga

--Hiking --Walking --Writing --Meditation --Mindfulness

Hometown: Index, WA

Vinson Vong, MD

Medical School: University of California Riverside

Undergraduate: UCSD, Finance

Background: President UCR Healthcare Management Interest Group; Medical volunteer with Projects Abroad in Cusco, Peru; Ultrasound instructor; Supplemental Instructor UCR; ED Scribe; Riverside Free Clinic volunteer;

Hobbies and Interests: “Cooking, Rock Climbing, Crossfit, Snorkeling, Snow Boarding, Hiking, Technology:Network Engineering, Computers, Gardening Hydroponic Basil”

Hometown: Oasis, CA