UCLA Medicine-Pediatrics Housestaff

// R1 Interns

Abigail Arons, MD PGY-1, UCLA Med-Peds

Class of 2021

34640

Abigail-Arons-MD

TEXT

Why Med-Peds?

TEXT

Why UCLA?

TEXT

Patrick Holman, MD PGY-1, UCLA Med-Peds

Class of 2021

34641

Jiwen-Li-MD

Patrick grew up in Madison, Austin, and San Diego. He attended college at UC San Diego studying Bioengineering before moving to Chicago for medical school at Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University. He enjoys spending time outdoors running along the beach, hiking, playing tennis, and spending time with his cat. He loves seeing live music and traveling. Though he loved his time in Chicago during Medical School, he is very excited to now be in the vast, diverse, and beautiful city of Los Angeles!

Why Med-Peds?

Growing up, Patrick always wanted to work with a pediatric population. However, Patrick became very conflicted during his third year of medical school after truly valuing his experiences with adult patients. Patrick was thrilled to learn about the field of Med-Peds where he could continue to work with both patient populations and use the training from one specialty and apply it to the other! Patrick loved the inpatient heavy training that Med-Peds provides so that he will be able to comfortably manage both sick and healthy patients in a variety of settings (ie, global health).

Career Interests

Hospital Medicine | Critical Care Medicine | Medical Education | Medical Technology/Engineering

Why UCLA?

Wonderful people! Stellar clinical training in numerous clinical environments! Perfect location: close to family, great weather, endless fun things to do! I could not think of a better place to be!

Jessica Lucier, MD PGY-1, UCLA Med-Peds

Class of 2021

33511

Jessica-Lucier-MD

TEXT

Why Med-Peds?

TEXT

Why UCLA?

TEXT

Rebecca Tsevat, MDPGY-1, UCLA Med-Peds

Class of 2021

34643

Rebecca-Tsevat-MD

text

Why Med-Peds?

TEXT

Why UCLA?

TEXT

// R2 Residents

Holly Dieu, MD PGY-1, UCLA Med-Peds

Class of 2021

33509

Holly-Dieu-MD

Born and raised in Charlotte, Holly spent her entire life in the Tar Heel State before moving to California. As an undergrad, she examined disparities in intrapartum care for non-English speaking patients and traveled to Honduras to provide medical aid. In medical school, she returned to Central America (specifically Nicaragua) to care for patients with congenital and rheumatic heart disease. Although her career interests are varied, she hopes to incorporate global and public health into her future career. When not roaming the hospital floors, you can find her basking in the sun with her two dogs, indulging in a bowl of ramen somewhere in Sawtelle, or exploring local coffee shops with her partner in search of the perfect dirty chai latte.

Jiwen Li, MD PGY-1, UCLA Med-Peds

Class of 2021

33510

Jiwen-Li-MD

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Quis, explicabo, impedit, voluptatibus fugiat saepe mollitia modi ab itaque cumque perferendis aut ducimus voluptas enim. Aspernatur, nobis id molestias! Quas, beatae commodi voluptates qui sed sint eos magni perferendis! Ea, necessitatibus.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Vitae, illum dolor alias provident officiis. Neque at accusamus quis provident delectus commodi voluptates.

Joshua Rezkalla, MD PGY-1, UCLA Med-Peds

Class of 2021

33511

Joshua-Rezkalla-MD

Josh was born in South Dakota, where he lived until the age of 13 before moving to Redlands, CA. He attended undergrad at the University of California Riverside and moved back to the University of South Dakota for medical school. Now that he is back in southern California, he is hoping to stay here for good.

Why Med-Peds?

Simple. You get the best of both worlds. Med-Peds is so versatile, you are able choose to pursue whichever path you wish as well as being properly trained, from primary care to ultra-specialization.

Why UCLA?

UCLA is one of the few programs that can give you a wide range of experiences because of all the clinical sites we rotate through. Combine that with brilliant but humble attendings and co-workers, lots of food, and plenty of sunshine -- I was instantly sold on becoming a Bruin.

Marguerite Thorp, MDPGY-1, UCLA Med-Peds

Class of 2021

33512

Marguerite-Thorp-MD

Growing up in Denver and Salt Lake City, Marguerite thrived in the outdoors, skiing, hiking, rock climbing, and camping every chance she got. She then spent 10 years in exile in Boston, climbing mountains of textbooks instead of 14ers and hiding from snowstorms instead of grabbing her powder skis. Thanks to her friends and professors at Harvard, she developed an interest in global health, and had the opportunity to work in Malawi and Mozambique on a variety of policy, clinical, and advocacy projects. When in the US, Marguerite focused on political advocacy, working with the Student Global AIDS Campaign to promote US funding for global health programs. She combined her MD with a Master's in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID), which has the added benefit of making people think she knows anything about infectious disease. Her career goals include working in global health, combining clinical care and policy leadership and making all her economics training count for something.

Why Med-Peds?

The most rewarding experiences I had in medical school were with hospitalized patients, both adults and children, and I was excited when I realized I didn't have to give up seeing either group. I appreciate the range of pathology that med-peds doctors encounter, and I love the many diverse strategies we employ to communicate with and care for patients of all ages. Plus, if I find myself working in a rural global health setting, I want to feel confident in my ability to care for any patient in need.

Why UCLA?

Med-Peds people are special everywhere -- like our t-shirts say, "pediatrics with sarcasm, medicine with hugs" -- but I felt especially welcomed by and in sync with the UCLA family when I interviewed here. It was clear how much they liked and supported each other, and I wanted to find a community like that. When I got here, I realized that warm and welcoming attitudes extend well past the Med-Peds family -- from nurses to hospital cleaning and dining staff to consultants to ED teams to parking attendants, people are just nice here! Plus, 10 winters in Boston was enough to convince me that I needed more sunshine... In any residency, I wouldn't have very much time away from the hospital, but I love that in Los Angeles, I can guarantee that my few days off will be sunny, warm, and full of outdoor activities like surfing and hiking.

// R3 Residents

Ethan Greenblatt, MD

Louisiana State University

PGY-2, UCLA Med-Peds
Class of 2020
32509

Ethan was born and raised on crawfish and LSU football in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He spent his childhood outdoors fishing for speckled trout and setting traps. Ethan graduated with a degree in chemistry from LSU where he pursued his interests in teaching, global health, and research. During his time as an undergraduate, Ethan taight organic chemistry for three years, co-founded a global health non-profit with missions in Zambia and Mozambique, and researched organic chemistry for two years. He spent every other waking moment cheering for the Tigers and playing sports! He then moved just a few miles down the road to New Orleans where, as a medical student at LSU, his interests shifted to healthcare for the underserved and clinical research. He volunteered at the student run homeless health clinics for two years and researched gender differences in disease severity in children with systemic lupus erythematosis. Ethan's passion for teaching, however, remained constant. As a medical student, he tutored anatomy and helped to host forums for first and second year students on clinical reasoning. Ethan's perfect day starts with a cup of medium roast coffee at a cafe on the beach, continues with many beach activities including, but not limited to, bocce ball/football/paddle blall/wave jumping, settling down with a delicious meal at a local gastropub, and ending with a late night video game session! Go Tigers and Go Bruins!

Career Interests

Medical Education | Hospital Medicine | Health care for the homeless

Why UCLA

After seeing what many programs across the country had to offer and weighing dozens of factors, three things became most important to me: strength of the two categorical programs, location, and the people. The strength of the categorical programs is what drew me to complete a sub-internship here. The location and the people are why I chose UCLA. Where else can you ski and surf in the same day? Coming from the gulf coast, there was something comforting about choosing a different beautiful coastal city. I was blown away by the family-feeling the residents demonstrated during my away rotation. From the first day, I was treated like part of the family. This made my decision to come to UCLA an easy one!

Amos Lichtman, MD, MPH

University of Massachusetts, MD
Harvard University, MPH

PGY-2, UCLA Med-Peds
Class of 2020
32510

Amos grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, along with 3 siblings, dogs, cats, and a couple dozen chickens. He failed his first driver's test, and overslept his second, which was probably in everybody's best interest. He went to college at Brown University in the great city of Providence. He studied neuroscience, comprising his vegetarian ideals to perform research on mice, played cello and ultimate frisbee. He went to medical school at UMass (in Worcester 'WUS-ter'), and took a year off to complete an MPH in Global Health at Harvard. During these years, he became committed to working at the intersection of health and human rights, and pursued many projects towards this goal, including assisting in medical assessments of asylum seekers and collaborative public health education and research in a refugee camp on the Myanmar border. Amos loves cooking, hiking, playing basketball and fresbee, and exploring the amazing variety of neighborhoods in LA.

Career Interests

Global Health | Global Medical Education | Public Health | Heme-Onc | Infectious Disease

Why UCLA

Because it's amazing here! No matter your interests, you will find mentors and passionate co-residents with similar or overlapping pursuits, and you will be supported on the way. You will be thrilled to become part of a group of people that loves to be around one another at and outside of work. Lastly, as a New Englander with a lot of love from my home (and seasons)--Los Angeles is really wonderful, and shows you something new every day

Casey Nagel, MD

University of South Florida

PGY-2, UCLA Med-Peds
Class of 2020
32511

Casey was born and raised in Central Florida in a small town near Orlando named Mount Dora. He traded the Florida humidity for Boston winters when he attended Boston Colloge to study Psychology and Neuroscience. He lingered in New England for a year after college to work as a Mental Health Counselor at a psychiatric hospital. There he learned the fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Meditation therapy, which he incorporates into all of his practice of medicine. Returning to Florida to thaw, Casey attended the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine where he not only received a solid medical education, he was able to work to develop a wellneess curriculum to help medical students and residents combat burnout, which he hopes to continue to expand upon in residency. He was ecstatic to find out that he would be a part of the first all-male Med-Peds class at UCLA, and he knows that UCLA will provide him with outstanding training to pursue whatever kind of medical career he would like (although it'll most likely be primary care so he can treat everyone, no matter the age)!

Career Interests

Primary Care | Sports Medicine | Medical Journalism | MEdical Education/Trivia | Preventive Medicine

Why UCLA

When I left my interview at UCLA, I really only wanted to do residency there if I could! The program had so many things I wanted and knew I needed to be able to thrive as a person and a physician. I could tell that the residents and the institution truly valued a work-life balance (as seen by many our of work events that are planned by residents and the programs) which is so important for bing able to practice high-quality medicine. I could also tell that I would be challenged and pushed to become an outstanding physician in an incredible supportive environment. I felt the support and encouragement from everyone (residents, attendings, administrators) and I have contiued to experience that as I've started to work here, which truly makes a huge difference in the sometimes strenuous environment that is residency. Also, they feed us incredibly well here, which is really important to me since I get hangry very easily!

Michael Troy, MD

University of South Florida

PGY-2, UCLA Med-Peds
Class of 2020
32511

Coming Soon!

// R4 Chief Residents

Paul Bixenstine, MD

Johns Hopkins University

PGY-3, UCLA Med-Peds
Class of 2019
31599

Paul grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Brown University where he majored in Economics before joining Teach For America and teaching middle school math in Oakland, CA. After teaching for two years, he went to John Hopkins for medical school. There he did a year of research in general pediatrics exploring preconception counseling for mothers, particular regarding folic acid supplementation, and determinants of poorly controlled asthma among urban underserved youth. He decided to apply to med-peds so that he could pursue a career in primary care to attempt to improve the health and opportunity of underserved families by working with children and adults in a practice that is community-integrated, team-based, innovative, and works to both promote prevention and create health.

Career Interests

Primary Care | Underserved Population | Preventive Medicine

Why UCLA

Paul was drawn to UCLA not only because of the excellent categorical training in both medicine and pediatrics byt because of the fantastic Medicine-Pediatrics Comprehensive Clinic here that is one of the most innovative academic primary care practices in the county. Paul is thrilled to join a program that is committed to providing outstanding, state-of-the-art primary care that, to use a term one of its recent graduates Rishi Manchanda coined, moves "upstream".

Lisa Gantz, MD

Keck School of Medcicine of USC

PGY-3, UCLA Med-Peds
Class of 2019
31602

Born and raised in sunny Souther California, Lisa grew up in Santa Clarita, a city about one hour north of Los Angeles. She headed to the University of Southern California for college, where she became a diehard Trojan football fan and explored LA's epic food scene. Lisa stayed at USC for medical school, where she embraced her passion for global health and working with underserved populations through volunteer work at LA County Hospital, on medical missions to Tijuana, Mexico with Healing Hearts Across Borders, and in rural Guatemala. Her time in Guatemala sparked a fascination in public health. Inspired to better understand social determinants of health, Lisa took time off from medical school between her third and fourth year at USC to pursue an international research project. As a Dean's Research Scholar, Lisa did research on knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs related to cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination among women in Panama City, Panama. She chose Med-Peds for the rigorous and broad training to allow her to combine her passion for women's health, reproductive health, and public health.

Career Interests

Public Health | Social Determinants of Health | Medical-Legal Partnerships | Women's Health | Academic Medicine

Why UCLA

The people! UCLA was probably the only interview I had where the social dinner actually felt like a party! Everyone was very welcoming and friendly, and it was obvious that the residents are an incredible tight-knit group. I was looking for a program with not only strong individual categorical programs, but also with a significant Med-Peds presence and identity. UCLA offers diverse training sites with opportunities to work with underserved populations and for collaboration with the UCLA Fielding Shcool of Public Health. I was also drawn to the variety of training settings available at UCLA, including WA, Olive View (a county facility), Cedars-Sinai and Santa Monica (community hospitals), and Ronald Reagan (a large academic medical center). Finally, the Med-Peds Comprehensive Care Center (MPCCC) provides residents the opportunity to have continuity with their own panel of patients as well as close mentorship with our stellar core faculty.

Kaitlyn Hardin, MD, MPH & TM

Tulane University

PGY-3, UCLA Med-Peds
Class of 2019
31601

Kaitlyn grew up surrounded by pigs and sheep on a farm in Northern California. She went to UC Berkeley for college where she studied Public Health. AFter college, she worked in an HIV clinic and then for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studying infections in hospitals and in the community. She completed medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana where she also earned her Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (malaria, travel medicine, medicine in low-resource settings). She has practiced medicine in South Africa and Nepal, and traveled to many more countires. When she is not in the hospital, you can find her enjoying the sun at the beach, hiking the nearest mountain, cooking delicious food, or hopping on a plane to explore the next far-away destination.

Career Interests

Hospital Medicine | Infectious Diseases | Travel Medicine

Why UCLA

The choice to come to UCLA was an easy one. The doctors are brilliant and also kind, humble, and genuinely care about their patients. There is no end to the clinical, public health and research opportunities at UCLA. The Med-Peds residents and attending stand out at UCLA as the most charismatic and welcoming of people. Med-Peds residents support each other in all aspect of life. Practicing medicine in Los Angeles also allows one to treat patients from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

Rebecca Virata, MD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

PGY-3, UCLA Med-Peds
Class of 2019
31601

Rebecca was born in Tennesee and spent the rest of her childhood spread throughout the United States from Kentucky to California to Washington. She spent summer vacations in the Philippines, hanging out with family, lazing on the beach, and eating copious amounts of food. At the University of Washington, she majored in Biochemistry and Biology with over 9 months of research in Marine Biology. After spending 2 years doing research and traveling around the world, she moved to the east coast for medical school. At Albert Einstein College of Medicine, she found her love for primary care and continued her interest in international medicine. The summer between first and second year of medical school was spent in Manila, Philippines working for the World Health Organization analyzing Hepatitis B vaccination rates in the Western Pacific Region.

Career Interests

Primary Care | Palliative Care | International Health

Why UCLA

After working with the doctors and residents at UCLA during an away rotation, Rebecca knew UCLA was the place for her. They were people she wanted to work with. From their dedication to teaching and evidence-based medicine tofun-loving personalities--it was a perfect fit. The amazing weather, film culture, and diverse population made UCLA an even easier choice.

// Alumni

Neha Agnihotri, MD

Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago

PGY-4, UCLA Med-Peds
Class of 2018
30693

Neha-Agnihotri

I was born in Chicago, IL and grew up in both the city and a northern suburb of Morton Grove, IL. I have two younger siblings and an even larger extended family whom I'm very close to, which instilled the importance of always surrounding yourself with good company and good food. I love cooking vegetarian (and feeding others), exploring new places, dancing, drawing/painting, and binge-watching television. I enjoyed the city and diversity of Chicago so much that I decided to stay at the University of Illinois at Chicago for both undergrad and medical school. My passion for working with the underserved began during my undergrad years and deepened during medical school, particularly through volunteering at student-run free clinics, leading nationwide service trips addressing critical socioeconomic and health care issues, and serving as a mentor to inner-city students. Some of my most humbling experiences have involved partnering with domestic violence survivors to address their labile social and fragile health concerns, including establishing a yoga program for them in Chicago. Although a true Chicagoan at heart, I have been itching to explore a new place and system, so I'm excited for the adventures LA will bring.

Career Interests

Primary care in underserved populations | Transitional Care | Global Health | Medical Education

Why UCLA

By far due to how amazing and supportive the med-peds community is; honestly the people were the largest deciding factor. I'm also looking forward to the med-peds continuity clinic and the opportunities to pursue global health interests abroad. Moreover, UCLA offers a solid foundation for residency as it provides the opportunity to train at a variety of different hospitals with exposure to an incredibly diverse patient population. Coming from Chicago and not having to spend countless hours of my life now cleaning snow or fighting weather mood-swings are also huge pluses.

Brian Longquich, MD

University of California, Los Angeles

PGY-4, UCLA Med-Peds
Class of 2018
30694

Brian-Longquich

A native Southern Californian, Brian grew up in Santa Clarita, CA,. When going to Magic Mountain got old, he played soccer and sang in a cappella groups. Brian struck out to the great southeast (about 90 miles away) for college, where he attended the University of California, Riverside for his bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Spanish Language and Literature. There he became enraptured with Latin American culture after participating in a Tropical Biology program in Costa Rica, so much so that he learned to play the guitarrón in a mariachi ensemble upon returning to the States. After undergrad, Brian worked for Socios En Salud in Carabayllo, Peru, a shantytown outside of Lima. He then attended UCLA for medical school, where he continued to develop his interests in infectious diseases and global health by participating in HIV research in Rio de Janeiro.

Career Interests

Hospitalist | Infectious Disease | Global Health | HIV Research

Why UCLA

Brian stayed at UCLA after graduating from "the best med school in the known universe" because he enjoyed the diverse patient population and fantastic training sites. His mind was made up at the resident dinner before his interview, where the brilliant, approachable, and magnanimous residents made it easy to stay. In the future, Brian is interested in becoming a hospitalist or pursuing sub-specialty training in infectious diseases, with an eye towards global health.

Jennifer Phung, MD

University of California, Los Angeles

PGY-4, UCLA Med-Peds
Class of 2018
30695

Jennifer-Phung

Although born an Angelino I have spent most of my adult life outside of California in the Northeast. I graduated from Brown University with a degree in Biology and soon after lived in Boston before finally returning to Los Angeles for medical school. It was at Brown when volunteering with Project Health, an organization that introduced me to a different kind of health care – one that goes outside of the doctor's office to create healthier communities that I became interested in Medicine. I spent my free time campaigning against foreclosures, sweatshops, and the Iraq war. It was this desire to help make the world a better place that eventually influenced me to become a physician. I enjoy learning and teaching--interests that may eventually translate into a career in clinical research and/or Academic Medicine. I care deeply about working with the underserved and strive to help improve our current healthcare system. I was an Albert Schweitzer fellow and coordinated a health and wellness program for children in a domestic violence shelter. It combined two things I enjoy doing: working with children and teaching preventive medicine. Lastly, I enjoy spending my weekends running along the beach, rock climbing (bouldering and top rope climbing), swing dancing, and crocheting.

Career Interests

Med-Peds Hospitalist | Developmental-Behavioral Medicine | Underserved Medicine | Primary Care | East-West Medicine

Why UCLA

The amazing attendings (Dr. Krogstad, Dr. Curcio, Dr. Ha, Dr. Desai, and Dr. Iroezi) and residents at UCLA are the mentors that inspired me to go into Med-Peds. I chose UCLA to get the chance to continue to train under them. The variety of hospitals affiliated with UCLA is a plus in providing exposure to diverse patient populations. The Med-Peds program is a quirky but happy family in which I feel blessed to be joining this year. As one of my mentors once said, no matter what type of physician you want to become, UCLA will be there to guide and support you. From what I gather, this is very accurate of the program and I am excited to begin the next phase of my career here.

Matthew Stutz, MD

University of Chicago

PGY-4, UCLA Med-Peds
Class of 2018
#30696

Born and raised just outside of Columbus, Ohio. Matt spent most of his youth outdoors: playing soccer, baseball, and basketball. He headed south to Furman University where he studied Latin American Studies and biology. During many experiences abroad Matt developed a passion for Latin American culture and became fascinated with immigration and health. During his college years Matt also became an avid triathlete. He swam, biked, and ran anywhere he could. Matt returned to the Mid-West to attend medical school in Chicago. In medical school he continued to study undocumented immigration across the world, the effect of immigration on health, and the best strategies for providing health care for this population.

Career Interests

Immigration | Public Policy | Health Psychology | Critical Care

Why UCLA

Matt headed west because Los Angeles is a hub for immigration, allowing UCLA to have a very diverse patient population. He also sought out a program with top in-patient and out-patient medical training as well as opportunities to participate in multi-disciplinary research. Lastly, UCLA's friendly and fun environment along with a family-like community led Matt to fall in love with the program. In the future, Matt plans to continue to research undocumented immigration and social determinants of health with a focus on public policy and pursue a specialty in critical care.