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

PGY 3


Michael Ajuria, MD

Medical School:

St. George’s University, Grenada


Greatest Accomplishment:

Returning home to the Bay Area for residency!


Interesting Place Visited:

The ruins of Ephesus in Turkey.



Nadia Akhlaq, MBBS

Medical School:

Dow Medical College, Pakistan


Greatest Accomplishment:

Becoming a doctor and getting in residency at ACMC!


Interesting Place Visited:

Niagara Falls



Muriel Babey, MD

Medical School:

Universität Bern Medizinische Fakultät, Switzerland


Greatest Accomplishment:

Raising our wonderful daughter Sophie together with my husband. I also cherish my clinical and research training in the U.S. and Switzerland.


Interesting Place Visited:

India, Hawaii, Chicago, New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Jerusalem, Cairo, Barcelona, Berlin.



Vanessa Bleecher, MD

Medical School:

University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine


Greatest Accomplishment:

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson


Interesting Place Visited:

Ireland Lake, Yosemite, California Hiking in the Great Pyrenees with my family Wadi Rum, Jordan



Ryan Ismail, MD

Medical School:

St. George’s University, Grenada


Favorite Quote:

"Give me six hour to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." -Abraham Lincoln

Aspirations:

Travel, scuba dive in Bora Bora, own a boat, climb half dome

Greatest Accomplishment:

My greatest accomplishment has been staying persistent and hardworking towards earning my medical degree while living in and exploring places such as England, the Caribbean, and New York City.


Interesting Place Visited:

Sharm El Sheik, Egypt has been one of the most interesting places. It is a tourist location built along the north coast of the Red Sea surrounded by miles of arid dessert that offers amazing scuba diving, excellent Mediterranean food, and has a tropical Arabic Disneyland-like atmosphere.



Rajeev Malireddy, MD

Medical School:

Saint Louis University School of Medicine


Fun Facts:

My favorite hobby is hanging out with friends and family.

Favorite Quote:

"What we know is the tip of the mountain what is unknown is the rest of the mountain."

Aspirations:

Buy my own mango farm.


Susan Nasr, MD

Medical School:

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry


Greatest Accomplishment:

Writing for the Discovery Channel.


Interesting Place Visited:

A rainforest near Bluefields, Nicaragua. Sighted: one million mosquitos, a flock of parrots, an iguana, leafcutter ants dismantling a tree, a caiman, a coral snake, and a troupe of monkeys (heard them, at least).



Omar Metwally, MD

Medical School:

University of Michigan


Greatest Accomplishment:

Starting a tech-enabled home healthcare company.


Interesting Place Visited:

Punkaharju, Finland



Jin Packard, MD, MPH

Medical School:

New York Medical College


Greatest Accomplishment:

My Peace Corps service in Guyana, and getting my MD.


Interesting Place Visited:

Barima river in Guyana. It's a huge placid river with gorgeous sunsets and lots of big mosquitos. It's very secluded and probably the most peaceful place on earth.



Maya Pandurangi, DO

Medical School:

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine


Greatest Accomplishment:

Becoming a physician; it’s been a long road, but the journey has been rewarding in ways I wouldn’t have imagined. I’m very excited to continue this journey while caring for patients at ACMC.


Interesting Place Visited:

Japan. Visiting some cities felt like I was stepping into the future, while other cities felt like I was travelling back in time.



Marja Paulino, MD

Medical School:

Universidad Ricardo Palma Facultad de Medicina Humana, Peru


Greatest Accomplishment:

One of my greatest personal blessing is being able to have my family and friends around me. As a professional, I always dreamed to become a doctor in Peru, and continue to pursuit the same dream here in the U.S.A, and today I feel this is one of my greatest accomplishment.


Interesting Place Visited:

One of the most interesting places that I had the opportunity to visit is my mom’s hometown. This city located in the North region of Peru, which is call Ayabaca. It is a small beautiful town, it has taken my breath away with their orchid, high mountains, and their starry skies. I learned to be happy with the simple thing in life and I helped me to connect with my career. I feel that I still have to visit other wonderful place in the beautiful world we live in.



Juan Rodriguez, MD

Medical School:

Wake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center



Kristine Santiano, MD

Medical School:

St. George’s University, Grenada


Greatest Accomplishment:

Being where I am today, a medical school graduate and living and training in California. I have my friends and family to thank for giving me that support and extra push through it all.


Interesting Place Visited:

San Lucas, Guatemala and hiked the volcano near Lake Atilán.



Tigist Siacha, MD, MPH

Medical School:

Jimma University College of Public Health and Medical Sciences, Ethiopia


Greatest Accomplishment:

Raising my beautiful daughter and being where I am professionally now.


Interesting Place Visited:

Mombasa, Kenya and Awramba, Ethiopia



Alisa Takeda, DO, MPH

Medical School:

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine


Fun Facts:

I have a large salt water fish tank.

Greatest Accomplishment:

Completing medical school and matching into a wonderful residency program is my greatest accomplishment! As the first in my family to graduate from college, I never imagined that I would be a doctor! I am excited to move on to residency to continue learning medicine and how to be a great doctor.


Interesting Place Visited:

Zion National Park is the most interesting place I have visited. Angel’s Landing trail goes up 1,500 feet in elevation along a narrow and very steep side of a fin-like wall that pokes out into the center of the valley. My feelings of fear were finally overcome by the exhilarating feeling of freedom and shear awe of looking down on the beautiful valley. The organic and prehistoric-looking rock formations of the valley made me feel like a dinosaur could be just around the next corner!



Tanny Tantiyavarong, DO

Medical School:

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine


Favorite Quote:

"Just do it."

Aspirations:

To learn how to fly.

Greatest Accomplishment:

Getting into and graduating medical school


Interesting Place Visited:

I lived in Thailand for 5 years. Super fun place to live where I met great people and saw very interesting things. It was a great life experience.



Vivan Tran, DO

Medical School:

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences


Greatest Accomplishment:

Completing the 100k Cycling Tour of Napa Valley, Good Samaritan Medical-Dental Mission in Vietnam


Interesting Place Visited:

Backpacking through 13 countries in Europe and meeting Pope John Paul II.



Lei Wang, MB, PhD

Medical School:

Second Military Medical University, China