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Residents

Aaron Lam, MD – Chief Resident

I am honored and thrilled to serve as Chief Resident at the same program where I trained. This unique opportunity affords me the chance to further innovate our evidence-based curriculum, augment our diverse clinical experiences, grow within our familial hospital community, and advance our culture of wellness. Despite my calm demeanor and aura, I prefer my surroundings to be the opposite: vivacious, loud, and exciting (even chaotic). For this reason, I thrive in the often fast-paced setting of the ICU, love using my hands for bedside procedures, and enjoy lively discussions over recent literature. Outside of the hospital setting, you will find me salsa dancing (my hips don’t lie), improvising on the drum set, making short nature films, hiking the majestic trails around San Francisco, puttering around on my scooter, or enjoying shabu-shabu with friends. I strive to lead a balanced lifestyle and hope to inspire my fellow residents to do the same.

Matthew Bald, MD – Chief Resident

Ten years ago, I made the decision to become a doctor. From that point forward my medical training shaped my life and carried me forward, the path opening before me and always pushing me to the next level of training. But as I celebrated my graduation from residency earlier this year, it dawned on me: I am no longer a “Trainee.” In fact, as Chief Resident I am now in a privileged position between Preceptor and Apprentice, and from there I hope to see our entire community reach its full potential (including me). After all, my training may be done but my learning is lifelong.

Class of 2022

Level Resident Name Medical School
R1 Naissem Andemel* George Washington University
R1 Christopher Cheung University of California, San Francisco
R1 Saumya Copparam Thomas Jefferson University
R1 Sadia Dimbil University of California, Los Angeles
R1 Amanda Donald University of Illinois
R1 Walter Hardesty Ohio State University
R1 Mia Kanzawa* Stanford University
R1 Lawrence Leung University of Vermont
R1 Siryuan Liu University of California, San Francisco
R1 Misty Montoya University of California, San Francisco
R1 Vivek Musinipally University of California, San Francisco
R1 Jeremy Nudell Tulane University
R1 Daris C. Olaleye Thomas Jefferson University
R1 Lina Saeed University of California, San Francisco
R1 Andrew Tai New York Medical College
R1 Jeffrey Wagner Oregon Health & Science University
R1 Jason Wang New York Medical College
R1 May Yang Stanford University
R1 William Zhang University of California, San Francisco

*Internal Medicine/Preventive Medicine Resident

Class of 2021

Jessica Watson, MD, MPH
PGY-2

Asim Alam, MD, PhD
PGY-2

Tianyu Chen

Tyler Denman

Alan Iwahashi

Quang Lam

Cheri Mah

Samuel Mannarino

Rajeev Masson

Anand Narayanan

Class of 2020

Brandon Imp, MD
PGY-3

Cameron Stainken, MD
PGY-3

Eshandeep Boparai

Bo Hyun Cho

Shyam Javvaji

Ethan Johnson

Erin Kobashigawa

Neha Sanyal

Ida Solis

Ke Sun

Carma Yaghi

Internal Medicine/Preventive Medicine – Class of 2020

Caterina Liu, MD, MPH
PGY-4

Jossy Tseng, MD, MPH
PGY-4

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 everyday. 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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