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Welcome to the Kaiser Oakland Internal Medicine Residency from the 2019-20 Chief Residents!

The Bay Area has been my home for almost my entire life and I love living and working in this community. I grew up in the North Bay, briefly left the Bay Area to go to college in Los Angeles, and then moved to the East Bay while I was in medical school at UCSF. I have lived in Berkeley and Oakland ever since!

Kaiser Oakland has been a special place to train and it has been a privilege to provide care for the East Bay community for the last three years. I feel proud to be part of a group of physicians dedicated to providing high-quality care to a diverse patient population in such an innovative healthcare system.

Residency has also been an incredible time to develop new friendships and develop as a physician. I am thrilled to be staying here for another year, continuing to work among this group of dedicated and close-knit residents, faculty members, and program directors. Our program has provided such incredible opportunities and meaningful support throughout this time.

So where would you find me when I’m not in the hospital or in clinic? I’m a new dad and loving every minute of spending my free time with my son. Perfect days often start with a pastry from Arizmendi Bakery and a cup of coffee from Cole Coffee in Rockridge. After those treats, I often like to hike in Tilden park or ride my bike on Mount Tamalpais. If I have a free evening then I am usually at home cooking a nice meal, searching for a new restaurant, or catching a Folk music show. When I have more than a day off you might find me with a tent and sleeping bag in my backpack as I roam around one of California’s many wilderness areas.
Adam Luxenberg MD

I was born and raised in Sacramento (“the city of trees”). I moved to the East Bay for college to study public health at the University of California, Berkeley. I initially started out as a plant biology major, but soon found my calling in medicine and public health while working with the older adult population at a local geriatric health clinic. After college, I attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine. It was there I learned more about the complexity of our medical system and had the opportunity to join the MBA program. I experienced the efficiency of the Kaiser system as a patient and then as a sub-intern at Kaiser Oakland. I joined the Infectious Disease team and immediately felt a connection with the residents, attendings, and program directors. On a personal level, I benefited from the culturally and socially diverse patient population. The supportive nature of the program really made my experience special and unlike any other experience I had had previously. The mentorship and guidance the program provides is truly unrivaled. I have also made lifelong friends in my co-residents and attendings during my 3 years of residency, people who I can call family. I am happy to spend another year as Chief Resident and am excited to continue being part of the supportive and loving environment created by the program.

Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, running, tennis, soccer, and hiking. My partner and I like to explore new restaurants and places (and we have a list if you’re interested!). We also enjoy staying home and watching Netflix (we’ve seen almost everything), nerding out to superhero movies, and having people over for potlucks and BBQs.
David R Lee MD

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What our residents are saying

A Message From Nathan Juergens, MD, PGY2

Sometimes you feel like you know a place when you navigate to its website. The margins are comfortable. The menus are intuitive. Most of the words are spelled correctly and there aren’t too many banner advertisements for shady pharmaceuticals. Sometimes initial website impressions are enough to give you confidence that this is a residency program where you could learn to practice medicine, where you could spend your formative years as a trainee.

As a current second year and enthusiastic member of the Kaiser Oakland Internal Medicine residency program, I can say, with a full appreciation for how great this website is, that it only skims the surface of everything the residency has to offer.

Let me guess: You’re either from the Bay Area, want to move to the Bay Area, or both. What you may not realize is that, when you’re thinking about the “Bay Area,” it’s actually Oakland that you desire. The sun is close to literally always shining. There’s natural diversity of thought, people, arts, activities, food and environment. Folks here like to have fun and like when other people are also having fun. It’s a walkable city, a talk-able city, a bike-able city, a likable city. A city full of people who enjoy working a rhyme or two into their daily routine.

The medical center where we spend most of our time reflects the community in which it stands: Abundant windows welcome natural light into a space filled with friendly staff, loyal patients, and soothing sounds from the construction site down the block. There’s a dive bar across the street, fine-dining options a few steps farther, and public transportation not far in the other direction. There are also homeless encampments if you set out through the neighboring park; we are unmistakably in the center of it all, which includes regular reminders of growing inequity and its impact on health.

Now I get to type something that many residents in other programs will never have the good fortune to honestly type: Our program takes care of us. Yes, we still work too much. Yes, we still have to pre-round and write progress notes. And, yes, unfortunately, there is no avoiding the illness and grief the meet us at work on many days. But what makes this program special is that our leadership listens when we ask for help, and they actually care about our health as much as our patients’.

No matter where you end up training you are going to learn the medicine. There’s no avoiding it. The patients are going to bring it to you, they are going to ask you to know it, and they are going to make sure you don’t miss anything important. What’s essential, though, is that you find a place, like Kaiser Oakland, where you’ll be supported during your time learning from those patients, where you’ll find happiness as often as not, and— this is critical — where you’ll find a good website.

Adrienne Topic, MD, Cardiology Fellow

I am very glad I chose Kaiser Oakland. Education was always a priority, both in formal teaching sessions, rounding, and actively taking care of patients. The program and staff were supportive to allow us to learn and grown as we each needed. There was room to make mistakes, but we had the back-up to ensure patient safety and learning. The patients we cared for were diverse, both medically and ethnically. My classmates were the best part – we had so much fun together. I know I will miss the program in the future, but I am well set up to “thrive” at fellowship now.

Ian Concepcion, MD Hospitalist, Kaiser Vallejo (Bay Area)

What is Kaiser Oakland to me? It is a place where there is truly no such thing as a “dumb” question, where you are never alone, where you are allowed to be yourself and learn at your own pace, and a place where you are a valued member of the treatment team. It is a place where you serve a blue-collar population that is immensely diverse from a socioeconomic, educational, ethnic, and religious standpoint. All of these qualities in one program, located in the most wonderful part of the country make coming to Kaiser Oakland a decision I have never once regretted and never will.

PGY Resident Medical School
PGY1 Boya Abudu UC San Diego
PGY1 Donna Bui UC Davis
PGY1 Nika Carrillo UC Davis
PGY1 Josh Chang Stony Brook University
PGY1 Veesta Falahati UC Davis
PGY1 Raleigh Fatoki Meharry
PGY1 Berkie Gebrekristos UC San Francisco
PGY1 Samantha Ho Arizona AT Still University
PGY1 Stacy Jones Harvard
PGY1 Adnan Khan Wayne State
PGY1 Jaclyn Khil Hawaii
PGY1 Andrea Luethy Rutgers
PGY1 Andrew Park Dartmouth
PGY1 Alex Pellicione New York Medical College
PGY1 Christina Phuong University of Southern California
PGY1 Yash Rusconi-Rodrigues UC Irvine
PGY1 Derrek Smith UC San Francisco
PGY1 William Vicks University of Nevada
PGY1 Kaili Zhou UC San Francisco
PGY2 Apoorva Ananth University of Southern California
PGY2 Andrew Gabriel Touro University
PGY2 Chelsea Go UC Davis
PGY2 Kristine Gu Tulane University
PGY2 Nicole Heinl Brown University
PGY2 Olivia Kizzee University of Texas
PGY2 Christina Li Pennsylvania State University
PGY2 Jerry Liu Tulane University
PGY2 Uchenna Nwosu Meharry Medical College
PGY2 Zena Salim Michigan State University
PGY2 Claire White Virginia Commonwealth
PGY2 Stephanie Wu Stony Brook University
PGY2 Betsy Yang University of North Carolina
PGY3 Brett Adams Albany Medical College
PGY3 Sarra Borhanian UC San Francisco
PGY3 Andrea Chai University of Pittsburgh
PGY3 Karina Chavez UC Davis
PGY3 Daniel Ha Eastern Virginia Medical School
PGY3 Jessica Himmelstein University of South Carolina
PGY3 Nathan Juergens University of Minnesota
PGY3 Tess Knudson-Fitzpatrick University of Colorado
PGY3 Neha Luthar University of Wisconsin
PGY3 Sarah Michael Medical College of Wisconsin
PGY3 Jonathan Nguyen Drexel University
PGY3 Kelly Nishikawa Loma Linda University
PGY3 Eric Sumner Touro University
PGY3 Paul Wada University of Southern California
PGY4-MPH Esme Cullen UC San Francisco
PGY4-MPH Eilann Santo University of Pennsylvania
PGY4-MPH Deepa Deot Chicago Medical School
Chief David Lee UC Irvine
Chief Adam Luxenberg UC San Francisco

Other Residents and Medical Students on Oakland Campus

Kaiser Permanente Oakland is affiliated with the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). We have eight 3rd year UCSF students complete their entire third year at the Oakland Kaiser Campus. Our program directors, hospitalist attendings, and many of our clinic physicians hold clinical faculty appointments at UCSF. There are also other residency programs at our campus.

Other Oakland Kaiser Residencies

  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • General Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Podiatry

Oakland Kaiser Fellowships

  • Spine Surgery Fellowship
  • Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowship
  • Addiction Medicine
  • Community Medicine

Other On-campus Residents/Fellows

Residents from the following programs rotate to Oakland Medical Center:
University of California at San Francisco

  • Primary Care Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology Fellows
  • 3rd Year Medical Students (KLIC)
  • 3rd Year Pediatric Clerkship
  • 3rd Year OBGYN Clerkship
  • 4th year Sub-Interns: over 60 per year on IM rotations

Alameda County Medical Center

  • Emergency Medicine

Children’s Hospital Oakland

  • Pediatrics
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