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Tyler Denman, MD – Chief Resident

I came here because I was drawn by the tightknit group of residents and for the broad spectrum of diseases as well as the more specialized cardiac training at this center. During my three years of residency, I have enjoyed teaching and found myself staying late in the resident lounge, just talking to the interns. I’m excited to begin my journey as chief resident and hope to continue to develop as a teacher and improve the residency program. Outside of the hospital, you can find me at the gym or gaming hard!


Phuong-Quang Lam, MD – Chief Resident

After completing my medical education at New York Medical College, I was drawn to the program at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco by the camaraderie between the residents that I witnessed on my interview day here as well as the chance to train and practice in an integrated health care system. My three years here were filled with many wonderful memories, exceptional clinical training, and support from an amazing GME team. I am honored to have the opportunity to stay onboard another year to help train the next group of residents, uphold the remarkable culture of the program, and continue to hone my skills as a physician. In my free time, I enjoy traveling with my wife, exploring the Bay Area, and going on hikes with my co-chief Tyler.

Class of 2024

Level Resident Name Medical School
R1 Asiy Amin Texas Tech University
R1 Jeremy Bancroft BrownP University of California, San Francisco
R1 Alex Chang University of Southern California
R1 Cynthia Davila Michigan State University
R1 Ali Duffens* University of California, Irvine
R1 Carmen Javier* Northeast Ohio Medical University
R1 Tiffany LeiP University of California, Irvine
R1 Stephen LiP University of Texas Southwestern
R1 Esteban Martinez University of Minnesota
R1 Andrea Miller University of California, San Diego
R1 Alisha Mistry Wayne State University
R1 Adam Rao University of California, San Francisco
R1 Vidhatha ReddyP University of California, San Francisco
R1 Ajay SharmaP University of California, Irvine
R1 Tess VeutheyP University of California, San Francisco
R1 Vivian VuP University of California, San Francisco
R1 Gurjot Walia University of California, Riverside
R1 Jenny Wei University of Southern California
R1 Tianyi ZhangP University of California, San Francisco

*Internal Medicine/Preventive Medicine Track
PPreliminary Track

Class of 2023

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Rachel Dunaway, MD
University of Louisville

Pradeep Koripella, MD
University of Arizona

Steven Lam, MD
Geisinger Commonwealth

Andrea Lim, MD
Tufts University

Ryan McMahan, MD
University of California, San Francisco

Asmi Panigrahi, MD*
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Christina Phan, MD
Texas A&M Medical School

Amita Risbud
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Jennifer Shieh, MD
Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

James Xu, MD*
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Mimi Yao, MD
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Class of 2022

Mia Kanzawa, MD*
Stanford University 2019 MD/MS Bioinformatics

Naissem Andemel, MD*
George Washington University

Sadia Dimbil, MD
University of California, Los Angeles

Amanda Donald, MD
University of Illinois

Walter Hardesty, MD
Ohio State University

Angele Labastide, MD
University of California, San Diego

Lawrence Leung, MD
University of Vermont

Vivek Musinipally, MD
University of California, San Francisco

Jeremy Nudell, MD
Tulane University

D. Celestte Olaleye, MD
Thomas Jefferson University

Andrew Tai, MD
New York Medical College

Jeffrey Wagner, MD
Oregon Health & Science University

Internal Medicine/Preventive Medicine – Class of 2022

Asim Alam, MD, PhD*
Virginia Commonwealth University

Jessica Watson, MD, MPH*
University of South Florida

What our residents are saying

Kaiser San Francisco is the perfect prelim program. My intern year there was the perfect balance between service to patients, furthering my own knowledge as a doctor, and taking care of my personal wellness. I always felt that my learning needs and my wellbeing were priorities of the program leadership. There is a strong emphasis on education with an abundance of educational conferences that are truly supported by the entire faculty. Kaiser San Francisco has a diverse mix of patients with enough ‘bread and butter’ medicine to become confident in treating common diseases but enough ‘zebras’ to stay intellectually on my toes. An additional bonus is Kaiser San Francisco’s role as a regional referral center for cardiac disease. Typically intimidating entities like intraaortic balloon pumps and TAVR became a routine part of my day in the ICU. I feel both well prepared for my residency in anesthesia and not so overextended from my intern year that I am burnt out for the years to come. Last but not least, the absolute best part of Kaiser’s program is the people. I made lifelong friends with my fellow interns and residents that have continued beyond my transition to residency.

Lindsay Borg, Preliminary Intern

My favorite thing about Kaiser San Francisco is the people. The residents are fun and motivated, making it a pleasure to come in every day. The faculty are also really warm and open-minded, fostering a comfortable environment of learning and development. Another strength of this program is the support and encouragement we receive in pursuing our ambitions. Residents pursue a variety of careers: primary care, hospital-based medicine, sub-specialty fellowship, public health, and administration. I have enjoyed the enthusiastic support of mentors and program directors in pursuing my own interest in gastroenterology. I was able to work with one of the faculty on a primary research project, eventually presenting a poster at a national conference and now have submitted a manuscript for publication. I was also able to rotate on the GI consult services at other medical centers to further explore my interest in gastroenterology. Other residents have elected to travel outside the country, working in Africa, Asia, and South America through the Global Health Program. But the best part of training here are the friends I’ve gained and hope to keep for the rest of my life.

Stuart Thomas, Categorical Resident

Belief is a powerful thing. Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco epitomizes what it means to believe in its people. From the very first day of receiving an interview, to truly getting to know me and my interests during the selection process, and ultimately allowing me to tailor my experience during residency, this program provided an atmosphere that we all crave as adult learners. Support, camaraderie, and genuine care for the individual allowed each of us to flourish in ways I never thought possible. Whether it be allowing trainees to spend a month in Liberia fighting the Ebola outbreak, pursuing a 6-week tropical medicine degree in Peru, spending a research month at Mass General Hospital, or countless other experiences that fostered our personal and professional growth, KPSF always strived to provide us with the time and guidance to succeed in what was most important to us. Having the opportunity to learn from amazing and accomplished mentors and attendings, work within one of the country’s premier integrated healthcare systems and live in one of the most vibrant cities in the world, Kaiser was the perfect place to train as a resident and begin a fulfilling career. The unique combination of rigorous academic expectations along with top-notch clinical performance allowed us to understand many different facets of medicine and science. In an era of increasing integration, expanding health information technology, and team-based work environments, you will be hard-pressed to find a training program that prepares you more appropriately for a new age in American healthcare. Deciding on a residency program is one of the biggest decisions of your life; looking back on it now, I can confidently say it was one of the best I’ve ever made.

Sandeep Palakodeti, Categorical Resident
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