Department of
Internal Medicine at Highland Hospital
A member of Alameda Health System

PGY1


Ai (Chloe) Chien, MD

Medical School:

Stanford University


Greatest Accomplishment:

I got my parents to start saying “I love you” – a very un-Chinese thing to do.  Every time they say it they tear up a little.  I also helped reverse my grandma’s type 2 diabetes with a high-fiber method called Fiberita.  She got perfect blood sugars and got off oral medications in less than a week!


Interesting Place Visited:

Cuba and the Silk Road journey along Iran, Turkemenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan in 2016. Also, Myanmar / Burma since I grew up there!



Ajay Ohri, MD

Medical School:

St. George's University


Greatest Accomplishment:

Marrying my beautiful wife after going through college at the University of California, Berkeley and medical school together.


Interesting Place Visited:

Lagavulin Distillery in Islay, Scotland 



Ann Robinson, MD

Medical School:

St. George's University


Greatest Accomplishment:

Finishing medical school and matching into residency at ACMC!


Interesting Place Visited:

Iceland and New Zealand  



Christopher Sanchez, MD

Medical School:

University of California, San Francisco


Greatest Accomplishment:

Convincing my wife to marry me.


Interesting Place Visited:

Harmandir Sahib – the Sikh golden temple in Amritsar, India. Was perhaps the most welcomed I’ve ever felt while traveling.



Claire Anicete, MD

Medical School:

St. George's University


Greatest Accomplishment:

Graduating from medical school and coming back to California for residency with the support of my fiancé, family, and friends!


Interesting Place Visited:

Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, Grenada



Clare Poynton, MD

Medical School:

University of California, San Francisco


Interesting Place Visited:

Rio de Janeiro, Hawaii, Berlin



Dan Dutcher, MD

Medical School:

University of Minnesota


Greatest Accomplishment:

I became conversational in the ancient language of Tamazight while living in a small mountain village in Morocco for two years. I only remember pieces of the language now but I still smile when I think of how hard it was to learn the language and how malleable we are as humans!


Interesting Place Visited:

I was privileged to visit the farm where my Grandfather grew up in Vetlanda Sweden before he immigrated to the United States. 



Dina Ginzberg, DO

Medical School:

Philadelphia College


Greatest Accomplishment:

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro while adventuring in Tanzania! 


Interesting Place Visited:

La Fortuna, Costa Rica! 



Hanan Mohamed, MD

Medical School:

Addis Abada University


Greatest Accomplishment:

My persistence and determination that made all the impossible things happen!


Interesting Place Visited:

Seychelles and Maui



Hesam Tavakoli, MD

Medical School:

St. George's University


Greatest Accomplishment:

Surviving in the middle of the Amazon rainforest and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. 


Interesting Place Visited:

Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Egypt, Bulgaria, Turkey, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, New Zealand, Kenya, Tanzania



Jasmeen Randhawa, MD

Medical School:

St. George's University


Greatest Accomplishment:

My greatest accomplishment is completing medical school while balancing a long distance relationship (as a newlywed) and keeping my humor/personality intact. It was only possible because of the unconditional support from my amazing husband, family, and friends. I strive to be a lifelong learner of the art of medicine. 


Interesting Place Visited:

Dharamsala, India – Current home of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan government in exile; Auckland, New Zealand – Where “Kiwi” means New Zealander; Sorrento, Italy – Home of the famous Limoncello!; Grenada, West Indies – To carry out my greatest accomplishment - becoming a physician.



Joy Chan, MD

Medical School:

University of California, San Francisco


Greatest Accomplishment:

Volunteering with underserved groups both globally and in the U.S.


Interesting Place Visited:

Petra



Kimberly Maurer, MD

Medical School:

University of California, San Francisco


Greatest Accomplishment:

My greatest accomplishment thus far has been completing my PhD because it requires a lot of self-discipline and motivation to meet milestones that can be arbitrary, ambiguous and subjective.  Although, maybe check in with me again at the end of intern year!  


Interesting Place Visited:

When I moved from the east coast to San Francisco to begin medical school, my husband and I spent 10 days driving and camping across the United States.  We still laugh about when we stopped at a welcome center at the border of Utah and Nevada to inquire about camp grounds on our route and the woman we spoke to tried for 30 minutes to convince us to stay locally, primarily because she recommended a local restaurant with amazing cheeseburgers for only $2.99.  While this did not convince us, we thought Nevada was beautiful!  The entire trip was a terrific reminder of the geologic beauty and diversity of our country from Maryland to Tennessee to Missouri to Utah to California!  



Larry Cai, MD

Medical School:

University of California, San Francisco


Greatest Accomplishment:

Learning the piano, trombone, and guitar. 


Interesting Place Visited:

Lake Titicaca 



Loc Duong, MD

Medical School:

University of Washington


Greatest Accomplishment:

Visiting most of the countries I’ve wanted to visit. Graduating from medical school. 


Interesting Place Visited:

Bagan, Myanmar with its countless pagodas stretched across the horizon.  



Maria Alvarado-Garcia, MD

Medical School:

University of California, Davis


Greatest Accomplishment:

Becoming a mom for the first time this year to Serafina and having the opportunity to see her grow into a wonderful person along with my husband who is one of the most loving and supportive partners a person can have. Another wonderful accomplishment is being able to serve and practice medicine back home in the bay area and being able grow as a physician at Highland, along side likeminded physicians.


Interesting Place Visited:

Having been born in Nicaragua after the revolution makes Nicaragua one of the most interesting places I have ever lived in. Another interesting place I have visited was Barcelona which surprised me with its richness in languages and their Catalan.



Maya Newman, MD

Medical School:

University of Washington


Greatest Accomplishment:

I had a very interesting and well-rounded education, and feel proud to have earned two bachelor degrees in Modern Jewish Studies and History, a Masters of Science in Global Health and now a Doctor of Medicine. In college, I was part of a semi-professional a capella group, where we traveled for musical outreach throughout the US and internationally. Apart from my academic and extracurricular endeavers, my greatest accomplishment was marrying my incredibly supportive husband and becoming a mother of our two beautiful sons.


Interesting Place Visited:

I feel very fortunate to have traveled all around the US, and internationally. Some of my favorite places in the US are Seattle, San Francisco, New York City, Washington DC, Austin, New Orleans and Nashville. Internationally, I really enjoyed Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israel, Quetzaltenango and Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, Roatan in Honduras, Ometepe in Nicaragua, Kisumu in Kenya, Lalibela and Behir Dar in Ethiopia, as well as Ho Ci Minh City/Saigon and Hoi An in Vietnam.



Melissa Chubbuck, MD

Medical School:

University of Washington


Greatest Accomplishment:

I think my greatest non-academic accomplishment has been the completion of three half-marathons in the past few years. I have no natural athletic ability at all, and the time commitment for training was significant, so this was a big deal to me. 


Interesting Place Visited:

My most interesting travel was actually during medical school, during which I spent time at hospitals and clinics in Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. I’m a city girl at heart, but it was great to see the differences between medical practices in these varied settings. My favorite chief complaint during my family med rotation, in Montana: “Ankle pain 2/2 jumped off of a tractor and got foot stuck in a gopher hole.” Favorite non-medical advice from an attending, in Alaska: “Oh, you’re going trail running? Here, I keep a can of bear spray for student use.”



Melissa Kelly, DO

Medical School:

Touro University, California


Greatest Accomplishment:

Graduating from medical school while being a wife to a loving and supportive husband, as well as a mother to 3 beautiful children, all while maintaining my sanity, humor, and humanity throughout it all. 


Interesting Place Visited:

The Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Kings Canyon National Parks



Mira Elnan, MD

Medical School:

Rosalind Franklin University


Greatest Accomplishment:

Graduating medical school and getting into a wonderful residency program. 


Interesting Place Visited:

Nicaragua, US Virgin Islands, Tanzania, Uganda, Norway, New Caledonia, Tonga, and Tahiti



Nabeel Najmuddin, MD

Medical School:

St. George's University


Greatest Accomplishment:

Completing medical school and being able to come back to California for residency. I also once played a pick up game of basketball with Metta World Peace (then Ron Artest) who told me I have “nice moves.”


Interesting Place Visited:

Tobago Cays, I got to swim with turtles!



Norris Curl, MD

Medical School:

University of California, Los Angeles


Greatest Accomplishment:

Most humble Level 4 BBQ master who pioneered and mastered grill technique #7.


Interesting Place Visited:

Pyramid of Cholula, Mexico 



Rachel Davis, MD

Medical School:

Case Western Reserve University


Greatest Accomplishment:

Coming to Highland.. Obviously!


Interesting Place Visited:

Machu Picchu



Radha Ramesh, MD

Medical School:

St. George's University


Greatest Accomplishment:

Marrying my best friend and getting to come back home for residency! 


Interesting Place Visited:

The Amalfi Coast in Italy



Suresh Maharjan, MBBS

Medical School:

Institute of Applied Health Sciences


Greatest Accomplishment:

Getting into residency at Highland Hospital.


Interesting Place Visited:

Annapurna Circuit Trail in Nepal, Cox’s Bazar and St. Martin’s island in Bangladesh.



Tara Reid, MD

Medical School:

University of Washington


Greatest Accomplishment:

Finishing MD/PhD program with my family


Interesting Place Visited:

Accra, Ghana



Tiffany Su, MD

Medical School:

State University of New York Downstate


Greatest Accomplishment:

My greatest accomplishment is running the New York City Marathon a second time after finishing it the first time. It is not really an accomplishment as much as it reflects my amnesia about the pain I must have felt after the first time. 


Interesting Place Visited:

I recently visited Puerto Escondido and Mexico City, both of which I loved. Puerto Escondido is a beautiful beach town with great surfing and seafood. I visited during La Semana Santa, the holy week in Mexico, during which all of Mexico City’s residents flock to the beaches for a long vacation.  I enjoyed running on the beach in the early morning and during sunset. I soaked in the energy of the people and music around me. Altogether, I enjoyed 4 days on the beach with friends who as ex-pats fell in love with Mexico and now work for nonprofit organizations in D.F. I returned to Mexico City with them after our beach vacation. Mexico City’s urban landscape is a sight to behold. It is more sprawling than Los Angeles and more densely populated than New York City, with 20 million people living in its valley surrounded by volcanoes. The subways are lined by archaeological findings, many of which are still being uncovered as the subway stops are renovated and expanded.  The neighborhoods of Polanco, Condesa, and Roma are lined with trees hundreds of years old. Food is extraordinarily cheap and delicious. Mexicans are some of the warmest, kind-hearted, and welcoming folks I have ever met while traveling on my own.  I plan on visiting again soon!  



Victoria Liu, MD

Medical School:

University of California, San Diego


Greatest Accomplishment:

Spending a summer traveling alone in and co-authoring a travel guidebook on Israel and the Palestinian Territories.


Interesting Place Visited:

Moulsoe, England