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

PGY 2


Chika Egbe, MD

Greatest Accomplishment:

Finishing medical school without becoming jaded. It is only by the grace of God that I can say that. 


Interesting Place Visited:

I have visited many interesting places and hope to add more to my list as my years add up. At the moment though, I would like to focus on my current home state of Texas. During my third year of medical school while I was on rotation in Dallas, I drove 6 hours to Lubbock, Texas to visit my brothers at Texas Tech University (I would never have made that drive from Galveston – 9 hours one way) for the weekend. Once there, I coerced my brother into driving the next hour and a half to get to Canyon, Texas, where the Palo Duro Canyon is located. It was so beautiful! I had never been to a canyon before. The views were incredible and we were able to drive to the bottom of the canyon, though we soon drove back to the top because we had no intention of camping. My brothers and I took pictures and just enjoyed the view. The weather was perfect and it was right before dusk so the lighting was pretty awesome! Besides the obvious natural beauty that we were blessed to see, it was great to spend some time with my brothers and they really appreciated my visit, so that made my day great! It was worth the 12 hour round trip – and the soreness that followed. 



Yidi Ge, MD

Medical School:

University of Rochester


Greatest Accomplishment:

When I started high school, I decided to join the Cross Country and also the Track and Field team. During my first race in freshman year I placed second to last in a 5K race and I was very discouraged. At the time, I almost felt like giving up on running Cross Country and Track and Field. However, my teammates encouraged me to keep working hard and during my junior year in high school in Track and Field I had a best mile time of 5:40. Being able to run a 5:40 mile was one of my greatest accomplishments because it demonstrated to me that a person can improve at any task with hard work and resilience. I practiced hard to improve my running abilities, and through daily practice and not giving up, I was able to drastically improve my mile-time. As a freshman in high school, I could never imagine that I could improve my mile-time by such a large amount. As a result when I encountered challenges in other areas of my life, I am always encouraged to keep persevering because of my experience on my high school running teams. This experience showed me that an individual must have the courage to persevere despite how difficult a challenge might seem at first. Furthermore, my experience on the teams demonstrated to me the importance of a strong friend support network; without the encouragement from my teammates and friends, I might not have mustered the courage to keep working hard at improving my running skills. I really valued the lessons I learned from my high school running teams because those lessons helped me better cope with other challenges that I would encounter later in my personal and professional life.


Interesting Place Visited:

One place that will always have a special meaning for me is Niagara Falls and its associated state park. Having lived in the cities of both Rochester NY, and Buffalo NY in my early childhood and also attending medical school in Rochester NY, I had the amazing opportunity to frequently visit the natural wonder of Niagara Falls.  The height of Niagara Falls, specifically the Horseshoe Falls, is about 188 feet or 57 meters at the highest point and is about 2,600 feet or 320 wide. This place is special to me because I visited it in different periods throughout my life and seen it both as a child and adult. I have very fond memories of hiking along the trails of this state park with my family when I was a child. I was enchanted by the natural beauty of the falls and had a great time taking the ferry known as the iconic Maid of the Mist to get even closer to the falls. Moreover, I also have great memories of visiting the falls as an adult and seeing the Niagara Falls light show at night that illuminates the falls. If you happen to visit the Northeast please go visit Niagara Falls because it’s amazing!



Chantal Gomes, DO

Medical School:

Touro College


Greatest Accomplishment:

Creating a platform for diversity in my high school by establishing a step team which not only unified the student population but also enhanced the future diversity of the school. 


Interesting Place Visited:

The Cape Verde Islands where my family emigrated from.



Paula Gutierrez, MD

Medical School:

University of California, Irvine


Interesting Place Visited:

Laos



Marwa Hakimi, MD

Medical School:

University of California, Davis



Henry Hsiao, MD

Medical School:

St. George's University


Greatest Accomplishment:

Completing Medical School and coming back home to do my residency.


Interesting Place Visited:

Diving the Shakem shipwreck off the coast of Grenada. The ship sunk during a hurricane and now rest about 120 feet underwater. We were able to swim through the wheel house and some of the ship’s structure. 



Sanah Ladhani, MD

Medical School:

Vanderbilt University


Greatest Accomplishment:

Becoming a doctor!


Interesting Place Visited:

Rural villages throughout Zanzibar, Tanzania. The best part of the journey was getting to know the people and experiencing the different landscapes of the villages.  



Andrew Langfield, MD

Medical School:

Oregon Health & Science University


Greatest Accomplishment:

Making it through medical school without losing track of the things that are most important to me, especially my family, friends, faith and hobbies.


Interesting Place Visited:

The Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!



Giulia Leggett, MD

Medical School:

Oregon Health & Science University


Greatest Accomplishment:

Learning to overcome stage fright by participating in storytelling events in front of audiences (like the Moth story slams). I now find myself crafting and shaping new stories to share in the future. 


Interesting Place Visited:

Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia, Argentina for the deep blue colors and sounds of moving ice.  



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.



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



Cristina Nguyen, MD

Medical School:

Chicago Medical School


Greatest Accomplishment:

My greatest accomplishment is graduating medical school while concurrently completing two Master’s degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Health Administration. I am also very excited and grateful to come home to California for residency at a wonderful program! This was only possible because of the unconditional love and support from my wonderful family and friends. 


Interesting Place Visited:

Cuba, Alaska, Toronto, and touring 8 countries and 22 cities in Europe 



Sasha Patadia, MD

Medical School:

St. George's University


Greatest Accomplishment:

My greatest accomplishment is coming back home to the Bay Area for residency!


Interesting Place Visited:

After travelling to over twenty-five countries, some of my most memorable experiences include exploring India and seeing the Taj Mahal, visiting Machu Picchu and climbing to the top of Huayna Picchu in Peru, and adventuring in Costa Rica.



Alexandra Sandoval, MD

Medical School:

University of Southern California


Greatest Accomplishment:

Being the 1st Doctor in my family and 2012 American Medical Association Minority Scholar.


Interesting Place Visited:

Iceland is mother nature at its greatest! 



Xuan Yao, MD

Medical School:

University of Texas


Greatest Accomplishment:

My greatest accomplishment is having a great relationship with my baby sister. We are ten years apart, but we get along so incredibly well that it sometimes feels like we are inseparable. We both love large fluffy animals, think Serena Williams is bae, and will work for pizza (hint hint residency coordinators…:)) 


Interesting Place Visited:

Moab, Utah; Culebra, Puerto Rico; La Fortuna, Costa Rica; Singapore; Zhouzhuang, China



Sara Yusufaly, MD

Medical School:

University of Missouri


Greatest Accomplishment:

Completing the UMKC 6-year accelerated BA/MD dual degree program! 


Interesting Place Visited:

The Cape of Good Hope – It was absolutely magical.