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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 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!

Class of 2024 »

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Roy Almog, MD
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Point of Care Ultrasound, Wilderness Medicine, Device development, and Sports Medicine
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, surfing, hiking, SCUBA, playing saxophone/guitar, woodworking, and cooking.
Why UCI? Primarily, it was the way in which residents and attendings treated each other as family and enjoyed showing up to each shift to work shoulder to shoulder with one another. More than this, it was the overall attitude and compassionate manner in which patients were treated in the UCI emergency department. Added with desire and attention that attendings placed in medical education, I was thrilled at the opportunity to train at UCI in emergency medicine.

Campbell Belisle Haley, MD
Tufts University, School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Ultrasound, Medical Education, ED Pain Management, and Medical Spanish
Hobbies: Hiking, skiing, beaching, sports, and spending time with my dogs Chaco and Greta
Why UCI? I got the impression from all of my interactions that the faculty and residents are so tightly knit and can always count on each other. I also loved the idea of a small program in Southern California where I could explore a new place while learning how to be a great Emergency Physician!

Glenn “Jamie” Collins, MD
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Education and Wilderness Medicine
Hobbies: I love to rock climb, whitewater raft, and run on the beach with my dog, Cleo! In non-covid times, I also love going to concerts and checking out local breweries.
Why UCI? UCI has the most kind and caring faculty, and it was obvious during each shift how invested they are in the education of the students and residents. UCI being an academic center that acts as the county hospital gives the best of both worlds: underserved patient population and the chance to learn from our specialist colleagues.

Alex Dang, MD
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Critical Care and Ultrasound
Hobbies: Basketball, working out, traveling, eating new food, caffeine
Why UCI? Great people, amazing attendings and residents, good mix of county/academic/community

Isai Lopez, MD
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Patient Education & Communication and Underserved Patient Outreach
Hobbies: Hiking, weightlifting, snowboarding, video games, disco, and funk music
Why UCI? Incredible attendings and residents who give off a warm and welcoming vibe which creates a safe yet fast paced learning environment. Also surrounded by great patient population that will allow me to continue using Spanish to help and teach my community!

Carina Mireles-Romo, MD
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Social Emergency Medicine and Health Policy & Advocacy
Hobbies: Dancing, live music, volleyball, group workout classes, exploring new talent on YouTube, cooking, traveling
Why UCI? The culturally diverse population of Orange County and the opportunity to treat patients from medically underserved communities at a county-like academic program. Opportunity to continue to mentor aspiring physicians. To work with a genuinely caring leadership team. Oh! And the ability to escape to the beach or the hills at any time!

Yuval Peleg, MD
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Health Policy & Administration, Addiction Medicine, and Wilderness Medicine
Hobbies: Scuba diving, surfing, mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, fishing, live music
Why UCI? Exceptional training, supportive faculty, and the happiest residents I met on the interview trail!

Kevin Woods, MD
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Conflict & Disaster Medicine
Hobbies: I enjoy getting to travel with my wife and daughter. We love to get outdoors, especially anything water related! I also enjoy working out and jogging outside!
Why UCI? An established California program with a solid reputation. Also, I clicked with my interviewers here more than I did anywhere else.

Robert York, MD
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
Professional Interests: Social Issues in Emergency Medicine, LGBT+ community and minority populations, Global Health, EMS, and Wilderness Medicine.
Hobbies: My cat (Kaa), traveling, trying new things, learning languages - Portuguese and some Spanish, roasting coffee, wine tasting, breweries, playing piano, NYT crossword, snowboarding, golf, rock climbing, inline skating, going to the beach.
Why UCI? I was initially drawn to UCI because of location, but the program's commitment to diversity and inclusion, especially support of LGBT+ community, and my conversations with residents and faculty were the aspects that ultimately made UCI my #1 choice.

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