Emergency Medicine




Chief Residents

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Erin Cullnan, MD Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa. More recently, Chicago, IL
Undergrad/Degree: Northwestern University - Psychology
Medical School: University of Illinois, Chicago
Professional Interests: Ultrasound, international medicine, women's health, access to care, medical education
Publications/Projects/Awards: AOA, Gold Humanism Honor Society, publications in circadian phase and shift work
Hobbies: Traveling, reading, cooking, discovering new restaurants, urban hiking, architecture.
Interesting Past Life: Corn-detasseler, chinese restaurant waitress
Joshua Elder, MD Hometown: East Stroudsburg, PA
Undergrad/Degree: University of Pittsburgh - Chemistry Graduate School: UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, MPH in Health Services
Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Professional Interests: Health Services Research, Health Policy
Publications/Projects/Awards: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine; Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry; Annals of Neurology; ACEP National Outstanding Medical Student Award 2012; Cal-ACEP Best Research Presentation 2011.
Hobbies: Spending time with family, hiking/backpacking, adventure cycling, recording music, watching college football
Interesting Past Life: German School, The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route.
Michelle Hunter, MD Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Undergrad/Degree: Lehigh University
Medical School: New York Medical College
Professional Interests: Health Policy and Advocacy, Disaster
Publications/Projects/Awards: HCV
Hobbies: Skiing, running, tennis, hiking, swimming, good food and good wine enjoyed with good friends!
Benjamin Lindquist, MD Hometown: Fresno, CA
Undergrad/Degree: Westmont College
Medical School: Loma Linda University
Professional Interests: International medicine, medical education, critical care, serving Jesus Christ
Publications/Projects/Awards: GI, AOA
Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, skiing, soccer, guitar, Fresno State Football and spending time with my wife.

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Class of 2015

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Natalie Badowski, MD Hometown: Buffalo Grove, IL
Undergrad/Degree: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Sports Medicine, Wilderness Medicine, and International Medicine
Publications/Projects/Awards: Water Sanitation and Health Care (Tanzania), Knee Arthroscopy techniques
Hobbies: Running, Triathlon, Aerial Fabrics, Tennis, Traveling, and anything outdoors.
Alexandra DiTullio, MD Hometown: Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Undergrad/Degree: Cornell University
Medical School: John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii
Professional Interests: Medical Education, Wilderness Medicine, International Medicine
Publications/Projects/Awards: Research on tendon and cartilage injuries; Trauma teamwork training project; AOA Student Research Fellowship
Hobbies: Swimming, surfing, SCUBA diving, or anything else in the water. Hiking, travel, eating and cooking great food. Spending time with family and friends.
Rebecca Higbee, MD Hometown: Clawson, MI
Undergrad/Degree: Oberlin College, B.A. in Biology and German Studies
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Ultrasound, International Medicine, Wilderness Medicine
Publications/Projects/Awards: spinal immobilization systems in search and rescue extrications
Hobbies: Rock climbing, running, hiking, cycling, guerilla knitting, baking, canning and pickling everything.
Teng Lu, MD Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Undergrad/Degree: Clemson University, BSc in Biochemistry
Medical School: Emory University
Professional Interests: Working with underserved populations, research & education
Publications/Projects/Awards: NIH post-bacc IRTA fellow 2007-2008
Hobbies: Tennis, hiking, traveling, brunch, board games, dabbling in the arts.
Ronald Masson, MD Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergrad/Degree: B.S. in Biology, California State University, Los Angeles
Medical School: University of Vermont
Professional Interests: Wilderness medicine, ultrasound, EMS/prehospital care
Hobbies: Black/white film photography, painting, playing the piano.
William Mulkerin, MD Hometown: Wellesley, MA
Undergrad/Degree: Stanford University
Medical School: University of California, Irvine
Professional Interests: EMS, medical education, simulation
Publications/Projects/Awards: Selective chest radiography in blunt trauma, AOA
Hobbies: Fishing, kayaking, snowboarding, cooking, spending time with my wife and two young sons.
Andrew Phillips, MD Hometown: Mission, Texas
Undergrad/Degree: Rice University, B.A. in Biochemistry
Medical School: University of Chicago
Professional Interests: Medical education research and practice, ultrasound, team communication
Publications/Projects/Awards: Master's degree in Education, University of Illinois at Chicago; radiology as a primary instructional tool to learn gross anatomy; improving care and student education at student-run free clinics
Hobbies: ornate food garnishing, cooking homegrown vegetables, classical music composition, home improvement projects, anything outdoors.
Michael Shaheen, MD Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Undergrad/Degree: Michigan State University - Mathematics
Medical School: Michigan State University - College of Human Medicine
Professional Interests: Wilderness Medicine, International Medicine, and Academic Emergency Medicine.
Publications/Projects/Awards: Research in the diagnosis of compartment syndrome; Medical education; Public perception of CPR: Medical Student Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.
Hobbies: Skiing, wakeboarding, hiking, climbing, running, yoga, team sports, camping and cooking.
Interesting Past Life: Ski instructor for children with disabilities. Cooking in a wide range of settings from catering large events to running the kitchen at a small bed and breakfast.


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Class of 2016

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Jia Jessica Chang, MD Hometown: Houston, Texas
Undergrad/Degree: University of Texas - Biology
Medical School: Stanford University
Professional Interests: Health IT, mobile health, care delivery innovation, quality improvement
Publications/Projects/Awards: Genetic mutations linked to Marfan’s Syndrome, prehospital chest pain patient characteristics and mortality in India, text messaging programs for chronic disease management, helped to found two science and healthcare IT startups
Hobbies: Traveling, kayaking, hiking, martial arts
Interesting Past Life: Robbed by the police while backpacking through Southeast Asia for a year, consultant at StartX Med.
Ian Chong, MD Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Undergrad/Degree: Harvard College - Biochemistry
Medical School: Tufts University
Professional Interests: International Medicine, Quality Improvement, Research
Publications/Projects/Awards: Sedation after Intubation in an Emergency Room setting, Natural Killer cell research
Hobbies: Basketball, volleyball, traveling, scuba diving, eating good food, spending time with my wife
Interesting Past Life: Seafood restaurant host
Molly Estes, MD Hometown: Victorville, California
Undergrad/Degree: Azusa Pacific University - Biology
Medical School: Loma Linda University
Professional Interests: Academic EM, International Medicine, Ultrasound, Pediatric EM
Publications/Projects/Awards: Embryologic limb development
Hobbies:Volleyball, softball, snowboarding, reading, crocheting, travel, and finding new TV shows on Netflix to become addicted to
Interesting Past Life: In college I was the department lab assistant; the job involved everything from making microbiological media and cultures to cleaning the fish tanks (got bit by a turtle once…. He didn’t want to let go despite every effort to make him).
Danielle Goodrich, MD Hometown: Bell Canyon, California
Undergrad/Degree: USC - Neuroscience, Law & Society
Medical School: University of Maryland
Professional Interests: Sepsis, critical care, ultrasound, toxicology
Publications/Projects/Awards: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Society, publication in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, abstract in Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
Hobbies: Skiing, wake boarding, hiking, martial arts, reading
Interesting Past Life:
Elizabeth Kaufman, MD Hometown: San Diego, California
Undergrad/Degree: Yale University - American Studies
Medical School: University of Rochester
Professional Interests: Sports Medicine, Pediatrics
Publications/Projects/Awards: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics article on Ankle Impingement in Adolescents, poster presentation on complications following splint placement in the ED
Hobbies: Hiking, biking, running, tennis, being in the ocean, cooking, gardening
Interesting Past Life:Yale varsity tennis, played on the WTA/ITF tennis tour, assistant women’s tennis coach- Wake Forest, Bryn Mawr post-bac
Victoria Maria Klyce, MD Hometown: Napa, California
Undergrad/Degree: University of California at Berkeley
Graduate School: Boston University School of Public Health
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Public health, patient education, language barriers and immigrant health, medical education
Publications/Projects/Awards: Nominated for Hero of the Year at med school skit night (but lost to the IT guy), ED discharge instructions understanding and satisfaction, patient centered communication field testing
Hobbies: Soccer, dancing, cooking (especially tapas!), baking, Mediterranean beaches, sangria parties, sunbathing, special date nights with my amazing husband
Interesting Past Life: Amateur event organizer, Vietnamese restaurant waitress, FC Sartorius IM soccer team captain, preschool mentor
Eric Leroux, MD Hometown: Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada
Undergrad/Degree: Princeton University - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Medical School: Stanford University
Professional Interests: Cost-Effectiveness, Resource Allocation, Infectious Disease, Health Equity, Telemedicine, mHealth, Impact Investing, Global EMS Access
Publications/Projects/Awards: BMJ, Annals of Surgery, PMR /// Mobile Health without Borders /// Gold Humanism
Hobbies: Sports (hockey, soccer, tennis, skiing, many others), Conversations and developing theories with friends, Adventuring in NorCal and beyond.
Interesting Past Life: D1 hockey goalie, Cicada collector and genome sequencer, HIV/AIDS work in Kenya and South Africa, Aggressive rollerblader

Maria Kathleen Ortega, MD Hometown: Santa Ana, California
Undergrad/Degree: UCLA - Neurosciences
Graduate School:UCLA Anderson School of Management - MBA
Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Professional Interests: Operations management, medical leadership in healthcare, healthcare utilization, emergency care of sexual assault victims, and Pediatric EM
Publications/Projects/Awards: Cardiac myocyte regulation (Journal of Biological Chemistry), Analysis of case management practice patterns amongst different health insurers at an academic hospital, Market research and go-to-market strategy for an education technology start-up firm, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Involvement & Leadership Scholarship, Riordan Healthcare Management Program Mentor of the Year
Hobbies: Cooking with my sisters, dancing, snowshoeing, kayaking and rafting, listening to audiobooks, top rope climbing with Andrew, running, anything involving Law & Order
Interesting Past Life: Assistant librarian at the UCLA Music Library, rat hippocampus remover in NYC, ballet and jazz dancer
Akhila Pamula, MD Hometown: Moreno Valley, California
Undergrad/Degree: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Professional Interests: Critical care medicine, medical education
Publications/Projects/Awards: SAEM Medical Student Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award; research on neuroanatomical anomalies in fetal alcohol syndrome; research on decision making in the management of AAA in the emergency department.
Hobbies: Running, yoga, dancing, cooking/baking, amateur food critic, shopping, watching college and pro football.
Interesting Past Life: Concert violinist, recovering chocoholic
Kayla Shipley, MD Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana
Undergrad/Degree: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Medical School: Louisiana State University at Shreveport
Professional Interests: EMS/pre-hospital medicine, Medical Education
Publications/Projects/Awards: AOA
Hobbies: Traveling, Cooking, Baking, and hanging out with my incredible husband and daughter!
Interesting Past Life: National Instructor for the Universal Dance Association
David Wang, MD Hometown: Winchester, Massachusetts
Undergrad/Degree: Harvard College - Economics
Medical School: University of Massachusetts
Professional Interests: End-of-life care, healthcare administration
Publications/Projects/Awards: AOA, student body president, Massachusetts Medical Society Scholar
Hobbies: Church, tennis, artsy books/movies, autocross, trying my hand at fly fishing
Interesting Past Life: Krispy Kreme salesman, Excel monkey, travelled to 14 countries in med school
Matthew Wetschler, MD Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Undergrad/Degree: Bucknell University - Philosophy & Studio Arts
Graduate School:University of North Carolina School of Public Health
Medical School: University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Health Systems Research, Entrepreneurship, Administration, Health Finance Reform
Publications/Projects/Awards: Keona Health – Medical Advisor Privette Fellowship – Health services research in Lilongwe, Malawi Schweitzer Fellowship – Founder and past director of Los Coyotes, a Latino running group in North Carolina. 2nd place, Carolina Challenge Pitch Party – Regional entrepreneurial competition Entrepreneurial Public Service Grant
Hobbies: Triathlons, running, biking, surfing, skiing, making questionable life decisions, and baking muffins
Interesting Past Life: Former sponsored big mountain skier in Jackson Hole, WY.
Sybil Zachariah, MD Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Undergrad/Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Biochemistry
Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Professional Interests: Medical education, sports medicine, pediatrics, working with the underserved.
Publications/Projects/Awards: Article in Molecular Cancer, poster at AICS-PICS and SCAI conferences, AOA.
Hobbies: Traveling, cooking, eating, Groupon, art, playing basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, flag football.
Interesting Past Life: First and second grade teacher in Madrid.


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Class of 2017

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Kiersten Carter, MD Hometown: West Chester, PA
Undergrad/Degree: Franklin and Marshall College
Medical School: Pennsylvania State University
Professional Interests: Medical education, international emergency medicine and ultrasound
Publications/Projects/Awards: AOA; Laboratory research studying the role of LKB1 phosphorylation in the inhibition of 17a-hydroxylase gene expression and androgen biosynthesis in ovarian theca cells from women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (2013); Laboratory research studying the impact on HOX gene expression in colorectal cancer stem cells treated with retinoic acid (2010); Clinical study assessing the success of different weight loss techniques within primary care practices in the Philadelphia area (2009)
Hobbies: Travel, music, being active and outdoors, and playing with my dog
Interesting Past Life:
Katie Doering, MD Hometown: Simi Valley, CA
Undergrad/Degree: University of California Berkeley
Medical School: Saint Louis University
Professional Interests: Sports Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Publications/Projects/Awards: AOA
Hobbies: Playing and watching sports, staying active, knitting, and finding the best coffee shops in town
Interesting Past Life: Minor league baseball ticket-taker, cockroach and earthworm euthanasia administer, Cal intramural co-ed softball champion, medical scribe.
Joseph Einhorn, MD Hometown: Olney, IL
Undergrad/Degree: SIUE
Medical School: Univeristy of Illinois - Chicago
Professional Interests: Wilderness Med, International Med, Pre-hospital care, Appropriate use of diagnostic imaging
Publications/Projects/Awards: AOA, UIC Class of 2014 "most likely to perform a cric in a crowded restaurant"
Hobbies: Anything on two wheels, hiking, running, swimming, scuba diving, traveling, skiing, triathlons, pretty much anything that gets me outside
Interesting Past Life: USAF Officer, Proctor and Gamble Quality Control Lab Analyst (I tested soap all day)
Hyun-Chul Danny Lee, MD Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Undergrad/Degree: Harvard University
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Professional Interests: Medical education, ultrasound, international medicine
Publications/Projects/Awards: Section of Emergency Medicine Clinical Excellence Award (Baylor College of Medicine); Alpha Omega Alpha; work in Hepatitis B vaccination in pediatric liver transplant patients.
Hobbies: Church, guitar/drums, soccer/flag football, adventure sports, movies, good food, travel (especially Asia)
Interesting Past Life: Spent a year as a junior staff member at my church and also worked as an EMT.
Daniel Migliaccio, MD Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Undergrad/Degree: Adelphi University
Medical School: Stony Brook University
Professional Interests:Sports Med, Wilderness, exercise/nutrition & disease prevention.
Publications/Projects/Awards: Alpha Omega Alpha, Clinical Excellence Award from Stony Brook
Hobbies: Fitness, cooking, hiking, beach, travel, spending time with my amazing wife, having a day long Italian dinner (8 hours is a minimum) with my wonderful family
Interesting Past Life: I played professional baseball in Italy and I was on the Italian Olympic baseball team
Arica Nesper, MD Hometown: Sonora, CA
Undergrad/Degree: University of Vermont
Graduate School:UC Davis, Master of Advanced Study
Medical School: UC Davis
Professional Interests: Access to care, International Medicine, Community Outreach, Medical Education
Publications/Projects/Awards: EMF/SAEM Medical Student Research Grant, SAEM Medical Student Excellence in Emergency Medicine, T32 Predoctoral Clinical Research Scholar, Fulbright Student Grantee (Oman), ED crowding and time to antibiotics, ED impact of decreased county mental health resources
Hobbies: yoga, hiking/backpacking, healthful (and not so much) cooking, snowboarding, travel, music
Interesting Past Life: construction worker, Arabian nomad, college fencing, camp counselor, substitute teacher, elementary school English teacher in Spain, professional recorder player
Phi Nguyen, MD Hometown: San Jose, CA
Undergrad/Degree: University of California - Berkeley
Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
Professional Interests: Medical education, ultrasound, underserved populations
Publications/Projects/Awards: Education research, pancreatic cancer research, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Pathology Honor Society
Hobbies: Guitar, Piano, Photography
Interesting Past Life: I'm an Eagle Scout but as a Boy Scout I survived a forest fire. I used to work at the mall at Mrs. Field's Cookies and Toys-R-Us.
Lauren Pike, MD Hometown: Malibu, CA
Undergrad/Degree: University of Southern California
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Professional Interests: Health IT, mobile health, care delivery innovation, quality improvement
Publications/Projects/Awards: Ultrasound, International Medicine, Health Policy, Public Health
Hobbies: Snow skiing, scuba diving, hiking, paddle boarding, traveling, sample sale shopping
Interesting Past Life: High school physics tutor, medical assistant, ski bum
David Radler, MD Hometown: Portland, OR
Undergrad/Degree: Whitman College
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Professional Interests: Trauma, Toxicology, Wilderness Medicine
Publications/Projects/Awards: AOA
Hobbies: Mountain biking, Running, Backpacking
Interesting Past Life: Sold and installed automotive roof and hitch racks.
Ryan Ribeira, MD Hometown: Castro Valley, CA
Undergrad/Degree: Brigham Young University
Graduate School:Harvard School of Public Health
Medical School: UC Davis
Professional Interests: Health Policy, Organized Medicine, Healthcare Operations, Quality Improvement, Medical Entrepreneurship.
Publications/Projects/Awards: Developed ED QI/PS Indicators for AHRQ, Researched methods for designing metrics packages for CMS, Researched administrative solutions for improving pediatric nutritional status for the government of Ghana.
Hobbies: Hiking/camping, BBQ, Guitar/Piano/Singing, Entrepreneurship, Spending time with my wife and 3 young children.
Interesting Past Life: Board of Trustees - American Medical Association, Board of Trustees - California Medical Association, Board of Directors – CALPAC, CEO - SimX LLC
Shyam Sivasankar, MD Hometown: Southlake, Texas
Undergrad/Degree: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern
Professional Interests: Pediatrics, International Medicine, Academics
Publications/Projects/Awards: AOA, UT Southwestern Medical School Class of 2014 Leadership Award
Hobbies: Yoga, Meditation, Scrapbooking, Traveling, Photography, anything that involves my dog (Oliver), Art History (Italian Renaissance & Baroque in particular), Texas Football & Volleyball
Interesting Past Life: Child Actor in Singapore
Ian Storch, MD Hometown: Leesport, PA
Undergrad/Degree: Temple University
Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
Professional Interests: Wilderness Medicine, EMS, International Medicine
Publications/Projects/Awards: ED patient radius fractures from FOOSH injuries, ED patient symptom exaggeration for cash settlement, Pre-hospital trauma risk assessment - SAEM National and Regional Conference, ACEP PA Chapter Conference, AAEM National Conference, abstract pubs in Academic EM
Hobbies: All sports, traveling, hiking, scuba diving
Interesting Past Life: Made and tested shark repellants as an undergrad
Gregory Wallingford, MD Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Undergrad/Degree: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern
Professional Interests: Medical administration and operations, clinical informatics, health IT
Publications/Projects/Awards: Proud co-winner of cutest couple in med school with my wife Rosemary (a Stanford peds resident)
Hobbies: Drums, new restaurants, and detecting even the tiniest fleck of cilantro in food
Interesting Past Life: Taught myself drums after playing an exorbitant amount of Rock Band, played in a band that gigged around Dallas, was once (and no longer) able to dunk a basketball, designed and directed a healthcare IT elective in med school


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