Core Leadership

Alice A. Kuo, MD, PhD, M.Ed, MBA Program Director
UCLA Medicine-Pediatrics Residency

Dr. Alice Kuo is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and of Health Policy and Management in the Fielding UCLA School of Public Health. She is also Chief of Medicine-Pediatrics at UCLA. Her research interests include access to and delivery of developmental services, cognitive and language development in young minority children, and services for children and adults with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Since 2014, she has been the Director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)-funded Health Care Transitions Research Network (HCT-RN) for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In addition to her research, Dr. Kuo has been involved in educational programs at several levels, from undergraduate students to post-graduate fellows. Since 2006, she has been the Director of the MCHB-funded Pathways for Students into Health Professions for disadvantaged undergraduate students interested in public health and health professional careers. At the post-graduate level, Dr. Kuo is the Director of the UCLA Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program, which she founded in 2003. In 2016, she became the Director of the University of California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (UC-LEND) program. At the national level, she has been the chair of the Health Care Transition Committee for the Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association since 2012.

Dr. Kuo has held several leadership positions at the national, state, and local levels in the American Academy of Pediatrics, and has chaired workgroups in the American College of Physicians and the Society for General Internal Medicine.

Clinically, Dr. Kuo sees primary care patients at the Medicine-Pediatrics Comprehensive Care Center in Santa Monica and at the Medicine-Pediatrics practice in Redondo Beach. Dr. Kuo received a BA in Biology from Harvard University, her MD from UCLA, her PhD in Educational Psychology with a focus on Early Childhood and Special Education from the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, and her MBA in Healthcare Administration from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management.

Eric J. Curcio, MD Associate Program Director
UCLA Medicine-Pediatrics Residency

After spending the first 25 years on the east coast, Eric has found himself unable to leave the west and has remained on faculty after completing residency at UCLA. His clinical interests are broad and include general pediatrics and adult internal medicine, adolescent medicine, care of children with complex medical conditions, and men’s health. As an associate program director of the combined internal medicine and pediatrics training program he is also greatly involved in teaching medicine both in the classroom as well as in the office. In his free time, he enjoys travel, sports (NY giants, LA Kings, NJ devils,) hiking, and local tourism.

Stacey Weinstein, MD Associate Program Director
UCLA Medicine-Pediatrics Residency

Stacey Weinstein moved to California after spending her entire life on the East Coast. She completed both her undergraduate and medical school at Brown University. (Her undergraduate major was Medieval Studies. If you get her going on it you may find all you ever wanted to know about Beowulf in Old English.) Today her professional interests include adolescent health and transitions of care in medicine.

Henry Kirolos, MDAssistant Program Director
UCLA Medicine-Pediatrics Residency

Dr. Kirolos has been at UCLA since 2003 completing his Medical School Training in 2007 and then completing a Dual Residency in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics at UCLA in 2011. He then took some time off to expand a network of Free Clinics he established in Southern California called Coptic Clinics (associated with the Coptic Orthodox Christian Diocese of Los Angeles). He then Returned to UCLA as Clinical Faculty in 2012. He is involved in the clinical instruction of Medical Students from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and also supervises resident physicians at the Venice Family Clinic as well as at the UCLA Hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica.

Dr. Kirolos continues to be heavily involved with free medical care for underserved populations and directs the expansion of Coptic Clinics in the Southern California Region. His other interests include youth ministry at his church, snowboarding, scuba, surfing, and travel. He was born and raised here in Southern California in nearby Orange County. He has a B.S in Bio-medical Sciences and a minor in philosophy from U.C., Riverside and is fluent in English, Spanish and Arabic.

His concentration is in preventative and primary care to people of all ages from newborn children to geriatric adults.

Who We Are

Our faculty are dedicated to teaching and supporting our residents' goals and objectives, in addition to fostering innovative discussion and captivating ideas. Their enthusiasm in their role as mentors shines, helping our residents stay motivated and ensuring they have a significant fund of knowledge to practice medicine independently.

Med-Peds at UCLA

Our Med-Peds faculty has grown throughout the years with diverse faculty members under the leaderhip of Dr. Alice Kuo. We have had many success stories with our residents graduating from our residency program.

News & Spotlight

Tr-Valley Aging Network Conference

October 20, 2017

Stephanie Young and Gifty Ntim were featured panel members at the Tri-Valley Aging Network conference in Santa Clarita. They delivered a formal presentation on depression and suicidality in older adults to an audience largely comprised of senior health agency professionals, volunteers, and community members.

Given the significant public health problem that suicide in older adults presents, the need for preventive care was emphasized. As such, their talk focused on the role of the primary care team in assessing depression, which is a significant risk factor for suicidal thoughts and actions, and taught the public about ways in which concerned individuals can initiate a conversation about suicide in order to link them into professional help.


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