Welcome from our Chief Residents

Martha and Eric chiefs
Welcome! Thank you for visiting our residency program website. We are excited to share the unique aspects of our program with you.

Our Kaiser Permanente Northern California Pediatric Residency training program offers a foundation for clinical inquiry and education, leadership development, and collaboration. Our organization has a long and proud history as a national leader in providing quality care for a diverse population of children through innovation, research and scholarship, community involvement, and academic excellence. Most importantly, our training environment embodies a spirit of warmth, friendliness, mentorship, and camaraderie. Our faculty is invested in all aspects of resident education; they provide guidance for professional and personal development to support each learner through an individualized career path.

We know that many factors influence your choice of residency program. Please do not hesitate to connect with us about our program, resident life, or pediatrics as a career. We each have our own unique experiences to share. We wish you the very best of success as you consider the next phase of your learning and career!

Martha Elster, MD and Eric McFeely, MD 2017-2018 chief residents/junior faculty

Collectively, our residents reflect the greatest strength of our program through their accomplishments, dedication, and commitment to advancing the health of children! Residents join our program from medical schools across the country with terrific success and diversity in their individual achievements, talents, and experiences. Our trainees enjoy an environment that fosters teamwork, leadership, strong peer mentoring, an intimate setting for clinical learning, and a wonderful “esprit de corps”.

Residents are integral partners in program and curricular improvement in every venue and we prioritize support in several ways. Residents are actively involved in the ongoing patient care activities and committees of our medical center and region, participating and contributing on committees related to QI, patient safety, disaster preparedness, medical informatics, and professionalism. Monthly resident meetings and peer support sessions offer a protected time and space for program discussion. Regular steering committee meetings with program directors, small group practice improvement sessions, routine feedback sessions with program mentors, and integrated program/curriculum evaluation meetings offer rich venues for further resident-driven growth and advancement of our educational platform! Residents have an opportunity to bond and engage in off-site education and program development twice a year at our resident retreats, as these are wonderful venues to engage in active feedback and assessments of improvement design, innovative ideas, and implementation strategies.

The “culture” of our residency emphasizes collegiality and excellence in a friendly atmosphere, as our residents embody these both in and out of the workplace. There are frequent outings and events including nights out at restaurants, game-night, sporting events, and potluck dinners. Wellness as a major component of the learning environment is actively emphasized!

Learn more about our residents (including photos and bios) at our East Bay Members website.

Pediatric Residents 2017-2018
PGY Year Resident Medical School
Chief Resident/Junior Faculty Martha Elster, MD Wake Forest University
Chief Resident/Junior Faculty Eric McFeely, MD Columbia University
PGY-4 (Peds/MPH) Talya Brettler, MD University of Massachusetts
PGY-4 (Peds/MPH) Victoria Chu, MD UCSF
PGY-3 Amelia Castro, MD UCSF
PGY-3 Rebecca Dang, MD Georgetown University
PGY-3 (Peds/MPH) Jennifer Hsu, MD Mayo Medical School
PGY-3 Julia Lam, MD University of Wisconsin
PGY-3 Lauren Nakano, MD Creighton University
PGY-3 Elayna Ng, MD Albany Medical College
PGY-3 (Peds/MPH) Deepika Parmar, MD University of Missouri
PGY-3 Ruby Patel, MD George Washington University
PGY-3 Arielle Randolph, MD St. Louis University
PGY-2 James Hall, MD Temple University
PGY-2 (Peds/MPH) Ted Handler, MD MBA Tufts University
PGY-2 Menglu Li, MD George Washington University
PGY-2 Tracy Pham, MD Drew/UCLA
PGY-2 Justine Ngo, MD MHA University of Minnesota
PGY-2 (Peds/MPH) Shweta Sujit, MD Drexel University
PGY-2 Eva Padilla, MD MPH UC Davis
PGY-2 Ryan Palapaz, MD Michigan State University
PGY-2 Albert Robelo, MD UC Davis
PGY-2 Jina Park, MD St.Louis University
PGY-1 Lucia An, MD University of Southern California
PGY-1 (Peds/MPH) Samuel Backus, MD University of Washington
PGY-1 Vanessa Boshuizen, MD MPH University of Oklahoma
PGY-1 Shimoni Kacheria, MD University of Central Florida
PGY-1 Anqi Li, MD Hofstra University
PGY-1 Lydia Maleknia, MD University of South Carolina
PGY-1 Kara Mesznik, MD Brown University
PGY-1 (Peds/MPH) Diana Ong, MD University of Massachusetts
PGY-1 Sara Patrizi, DO Touro University Nevada
PGY-1 Vanessa Wong, MD Tufts University

Peds: group in resident room sept2013

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Trixy Bulda, GME Coordinator.