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Pediatrics Oakland - Residents

Welcome from our Chief Residents

After being across the country for four years during medical school, I was thrilled to find out that I would be returning home to the Bay Area for residency, where I would be closer to my family. What I didn’t know at the time, but would later come to realize, was that I was returning to two families. There really is no better way to describe the bonds you create with your co-residents in a small, close-knit residency like ours. Geoffrey Chu, MD, Class of 2023

My co-chief and I are both from SF, big Bay Area Sports fans and trained in residency together during the entire COVID pandemic! We now have the honor to leave our stamp on this program and greater community. Jameze James, MD, Class of 2023

Our residency 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.
Geoffrey Chu, MD & Jameze James, MD
2023/24 Chief residents/junior faculty

Our Residents

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 experiences. 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.

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MPH Candidates

PGY Year Resident Medical School
PGY-4 Youhi Ghouse, MD University of Wisconsin
PGY-4 Krista Roberts, MD Georgetown University

Class of 2024

PGY Year Resident Medical School
PGY-3 Owen Bennion, MD Tufts University
PGY-3 Keegan Bowers, MD University of California, Davis
PGY-3 (Peds/MPH) Priya Bhattacharjee, MD University of Southern California
PGY-3 Alana Corre, MD California Northstate University
PGY-3 Shruti Dubey, MD University of California, San Diego
PGY-3 Rachelle Hancock, MD University of Buffalo
PGY- 3 (Peds/MPH) Chandni Jain, MD Boston University
PGY-3 Emily Kragel, MD East Carolina University
PGY-3 Kenneth Song, MD Frank H Netter at Quinnipiac University
PGY-3 Ellen Tu, MD University of California, Davis

Class of 2025

PGY Year Resident Medical School
PGY-2 Diana Caro, DO Touro University Nevada
PGY-2 Giselle Fernandes, MD Washington State University
PGY-2 Nancy Fong, MD University of California, Davis
PGY-2 Nancy Mai, MD Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine
PGY-2 Kelly Morgan, DO Touro University California
PGY-2 Pearl Nguyen, MD University of Washington
PGY-2 (Peds/MPH) Ross Perry, MD University of California, Davis
PGY-2 Bram Rickett, MD Oregon Health & Science University
PGY-2 (Peds/MPH) Christine Rizkala, MD Northeast Ohio Medical University
PGY-2 Michael Xi, MD California Northstate University

Class of 2026

PGY Year Resident Medical School
PGY-1 Jordan Andersen, MD University of Colorado
PGY-1 John Chhoa, MD Albany Medical College
PGY-1 Spencer Gilles, MD University of California, Davis
PGY-1 Fabiha Hossain, DO Touro University Nevada
PGY-1 Elvia Jimenez Ramos, MD University of Arizona
PGY-1 Wendy Diaz-Laurence, MD Georgetown University
PGY-1 Stanley Liu, MD University of Pittsburgh
PGY-1 Cicilyn Xie, MD Texas Tech University
PGY-1 Kritika Amanjee, MD Albany Medical College
PGY-1 Amanda Cooper, MD University of Utah

Our Graduates

Our graduates pursue a variety of careers in pediatric medicine. They have been hired for competitive clinical positions throughout California and nationally as well as matched into a broad array of competitive fellowships nationwide, including all subspecialities and hospitalist medicine. Many of our alumni enjoy careers in quality improvement, clinical research and medical education.

Alumni Spotlights

Christina Sullivan, MD

Dr. Sullivan is one of our program graduates, class of 2017. Christina grew up just a few blocks from the Kaiser Oakland Medical Center and is passionate about serving the Bay Area’s diverse community. She was a National Health Service Corps Scholar and previously practiced general outpatient pediatrics in Sonoma County. She decided to return home and now works as an outpatient pediatrician at Kaiser Berkeley and in the resident outpatient clinic. Kaiser is a great place to train and work. I had a wonderful experience as a resident at Kaiser Oakland. The curriculum is thoughtfully designed and balanced. It prepared me well for a job after graduation. I felt supported by preceptors and mentors. I’m also grateful for the lifelong friendships I made with my fellow residents. I chose to return to Kaiser and hopefully will retire from Kaiser. As a place of employment, Kaiser is organized and well run. I love working as a team with pediatric subspecialists and ancillary staff to best serve our patients and community.

Deepika Parmar, MD, MPH

Dr. Parmar is one of our MD/MPH graduates and completed Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine fellowship at UCSF. Deepika is passionate about advocating for adolescents to build autonomy and a healthy foundation for a bright future. She returned to Kaiser to help adolescents navigate choices around reproductive health options and uses a multidisciplinary approach to mental health care especially eating disorders and substance use and providing gender-affirming care. With her public health lens, she is working to help improve adolescent health at all levels of care including early screening and prevention to evidence-based management during inpatient hospitalizations. She enjoys teaching residents at the program that gave her a strong mentorship for her career.

Dr. Mengyou Wu, MD

Dr. Wu is one of our program graduates, class of 2021. When reflecting back, she feels like Kaiser Oakland Pediatric Residency program had the two things she cared most about – exposure needed to be a well trained outpatient pediatrician and a program that was kind and compassionate. She felt supported by faculty that were invested in teaching and helped her feel validated. She works as a general pediatrician at Kaiser Martinez and spends her days giggling with her families, sharing funny stories with all her wonderful MAs and colleagues, and experiencing much joy/fulfillment in her practice.

Where do our graduates go?


Hospitalist Based Medicine, Colorado Children’s, UCSF, Stanford, UCLA, Kaiser Permanente
Neonatology – UCLA, UC Davis, OHSU,
Endocrinology – UC Davis
Adolescent Medicine – UCSF, University of Pittsburg
Cardiology – OHSU
Critical Care – Harbor UCLA, UCSF
Gastroenterology – Seattle Children’s, Vanderbilt
Nephrology – Stanford
Rheumatology – Stanford
Pediatric Emergency Medicine – Columbia, UNC-Chapel Hill
Patient Safety Fellowship – Kaiser Oakland
Infectious Disease – UCSF

General Pediatrics

Asian Health Services
Palo Alto Medical Foundation – Urgent Care
Sutter Health
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Complex Care Clinic
Community Health Connection FQHC, Oklahoma
KP Northern California, Southern California and Hawai’i
Mount Sinai Doctors Brooklyn Heights
Stanford Pediatric Associates – Camden Avenue, San Jose
Calabasas Pediatrics
East Bay Pediatrics
Rady Children’s
Keanuenue Pediatrics

Kaiser Oakland provides trainees with a community feel along with the academic benefits that you might find at a larger university-affiliated institution. The residency program also provides trainees with the opportunity to explore different practice settings both within the Kaiser network and at different institutions.

Krisha Nayak, Class of 2022

Kaiser Oakland Pediatric Residency was the highlight of my medical training where I not only built my skills and knowledge, but also more importantly developed strong and lasting relationships. I miss walking onto the pediatric floor and knowing all the physicians, nurses, and therapists. I’ve learned most from the direct discussions I had with subspecialty attendings – a truly unique opportunity in training at Kaiser.

Lucia An, Class of 2020

I had a fantastic time learning and connecting with my fellow residents and attendings during my time as a resident at Kaiser Oakland. I felt well supported not only during my rotations in the ICUs and wards but also in my endeavors to be an outpatient pediatrician!

Mengyou (NuNu) Wu, General Pediatrician Kaiser Martinez

Now being at a different institution, I am thoroughly impressed and proud of my training – it is evident that I am well prepared for all the various service areas that a community pediatric hospitalist works in! (Peds, ER, newborn and NICU!). Fave memory: Watching Disney movies and having dance parties on night shift in the resident work room.

Shawnice Kraeber, Class of 2021

I loved having access to the highly sought-after Kaiser research database and multidisciplinary research support team, allowing me to participate in and start my own scholarly projects with very little background experience, present at local and national conferences, and network with leaders in the field of pediatrics. 

Lydia Maleknia, Class of 2020
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