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Residents' Interests

The UC Irvine School of Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine attracts the best and brightest residents from around the world.

Learn more about our residents in their own words:

Class of 2021 »

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Class of 2021 (left to right)

Christian Ruiz, MD
University of Texas, Houston
Interests: Hiking, snowboarding, my dog: Belle, fishing, traveling, food, cooking, basketball, golf, baseball, tennis, football

Ryan Gibney, MD
University of California, Irvine
Interests: Guitar/music, crossfit, cycling, cooking, golf

Andrew Mikhail, MD
University of Southern California
Interests: Cooking, gardening, video games, traveling, running

Matthew Whited, MD
University of Texas, Houston
Interests: My black lab: Bruno, hiking, hufflepuff, slackening, shoes

Danielle Matonis, MD
Boston University
Interests: Running, soccer, hiking, traveling, fro-yo, tacos

Eric Dang, MD
University of California, Irvine
Interests: Sports, tropical fish, dance floors, and getting lost in foreign places

Toby Myatt, MD
University of California, San Diego
Interests: Surfing, hockey, anything outdoors or in the ocean, playing guitar, San Diego Padres baseball, college football, hanging out with my wife and daughters

Nicholas Bove, MD
University of California, Irvine
Interests: Basketball, spearfishing, snorkeling, video game development, camping, triathlons

Maximillian Smitham, DO (not pictured)
Undergrad: New York University
Medical School: NYIT- COM
Interests: swimming, lacrosse, urban farming

Class of 2022 »

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Class of 2022 (left to right)

Graham Stephenson, MD  
University of California, Irvine
Interests include soccer, cooking, winemaking, backpacking, technology, trying to catch fish, dancing

Nadia Zuabi, MD 
University of California, Irvine
Running, travel, family, anything involving the ocean 

Jonathan Lee, MD 
University of California, Irvine
Some of my interests are traveling, trying new breweries, hiking/camping with my dog, snowboarding, and outrigger canoeing.

Jana Florian, MD
Boston University
Hiking, live music, bookstores, national parks, sunrises, type 2 fun, skiing the West, spin class

Christopher Gilani, MD
University of California, Irvine
Enjoys spending time with family and friends, education, clinical and academic research, geeking-out about new advances in technology, watching and playing sports, going to the movies, traveling, trying new food, working out, hiking, going to the beach, playing video games, and solving the Rubik’s cube.

Victoria Oppenheim, MD 
University of California, Irvine
Workout classes (F45, boxing, cycling, yoga), cooking, craft cocktails, stand-up comedy, spending time with family and friends, binge watching TV

Allen Yang, DO
Western University of Health Sciences
Lakers, fantasy football, foodie, cooking, working out, traveling, playing with my corgi (currently imaginary, soon to be real)

Tara Zand, MD
University of California, Irvine
Practicing yoga, teaching yoga, live music, sailing, doing anything at the beach, hiking, arts and crafts, baking (especially cheesecakes!), charcuterie boards, traveling/exploring new places, wine tasting, photography, spending time with friends and family.

Stephen Gassner, MD
University of Miami
Spending time with family and friends, traveling to new places, experimental cooking, craft beer, exploring restaurants, videogames, going to the beach, playing guitar, going to concerts, dogs, socal sports.

Class of 2023 »

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Class of 2023 (left to right)

Rory Schwan, MD
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Interests: Dungeons and Dragons!

Keneth Sarpong, MD
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Interests: Basketball, Football, Hiking, Cooking, Reading, and Video Games

Luke Walls-Smith, MD
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Interests: I enjoy any activity on the water, hiking, traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends!

Michelle Brown, DO
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Interests: Cooking, gymnastics, snowboarding, hiking, camping, and off-roading my Jeep Rubicon! If you want to try something new or go somewhere you haven't gone before, count me in!

Joshua Livingston, MD
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Interests: Traveling (pre-corona), wine tasting, eating, volleyball, working out, scenic jogging, Netflix, spending time with family and friends, and being a cat dad.

Khoa Nguyen, MD
Northeast Ohio Medical University
Interests: Cars, tech gadgets, skincare, black coffee, YouTube, TikTok, photo/video editing, running, hiking, anything related to the beach, ordering too much at restaurants

Kyle Dornhofer, MD
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Interests: Surf, run, hike, backpack, roast/drink coffee, breakfast burritos

Kerri Kraft, MD
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Interests: Making my friends’ dogs love me more than them, attempting any type of water sport, wine and cheese nights, Krafting funny puns, Kerri-oke and knowing the words to every song on the radio, traveling, hiking, field hockey, photography 

Cali Kirkham, MD
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
Interests: I enjoy live music, discovering new music, cooking, exploring new breweries and distilleries, knitting, all kinds of stuff!

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