Yvette Osei-Akosa, MD


MD: Keck School of Medicine of USC
BS: African American studies, USC

Hometown: Los Angeles (Koreatown/Mid-City) and Chino Hills

I was first drawn to Harbor FM after working with their residents during my OB rotation as a MS3.  During our interactions, I could see how passionate and caring residents were towards their patients; they also always treated me with kindness.  What made Harbor more appealing was that the residents and faculty all cared about social justice in medicine as was evident in different initiatives and community service opportunities.  I wanted to be a part of a program that had those values.

Professional Interests: women’s and maternal health, adolescent health, global health, increasing diversity in medicine

Languages: English, basic Spanish, very limited Twi (one of the main dialects in Ghana, West Africa)
Who/What inspires me: The little ones in my extended family inspire me to give my best effort and be a good example to them.  My parents are also a big inspiration as they’ve shown the importance of hard work and dedication to family that I hope I can emulate.

Favorite places in LA: Griffith Park, Eaton Canyon, Post and Beam, Barbrix
Celebrity Crush: Idris Alba, Laroyce Hawkins

 

Shona Lamb, MD


MD:Keck School of Medicine of USC
BS: Integrative Biology; Minor: Dance and Performance Studies, UC Berkeley

Hometown: Costa Mesa

I am so grateful and excited to join the team at Harbor-UCLA! I love the breadth of family medicine and the variety of patients we serve. Training at a county hospital was an invaluable experience and while at times I found myself frustrated by inefficiencies within the system, I chose healthcare policy as the focus of my MPH to better understand ways to improve the delivery of care. Volunteering with a needle exchange on Skid Row taught me how social determinants influence an individual’s ability to access and navigate the healthcare system. I appreciate Harbor’s commitment to providing quality care to patients and their communities while working to make positive changes within the healthcare system.

Professional interests: Caring for the underserved, addiction medicine, health policy, working with incarcerated youth, community medicine.

Languages: English, Spanish
Who/What inspires me: My family and friends, my patients, and those who make the effort to find something positive in each day.
Favorite places in LA:Pasadena Arroyo, Teragram ballroom
Celebrity Crush: Michael Scott

 

Shawkut Ali, MD


MD: Medical College of Georgia
Masters: Psychology, Masters in Counseling
BA: University of Florida (Go Gators!)

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

I chose Harbor-UCLA FM because of their commitment to social justice, diversity, and the treatment of the underserved. I felt the program would give me the best training on how to treat and advocate for underserved patients and their communities.

Languages: English, working on Spanish

Professional interests: I’m interested in many aspects of medicine including adolescent care, HIV primary care, substance abuse, and sports medicine.
Who/What inspires me: Many things inspire me including the examples of resilience I see in my family, friends and community, along with my religious values that promote serving those in need and striving for excellence.
Favorite Places in LA: I don’t know LA enough to have a favorite spot, but I do remember some random place that had amazing Chilaquiles.
Celebrity Crush:Don’t really have one….maybe Shakira

 

Saya Yusa, MD


MD: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
BS: Biological Sciences, USC

Hometown: San Jose, CA

My first introduction to the severe disparities of our country was during my junior year at USC when I volunteered on Skid Row with Monday Night Mission. Other than handing out sandwiches, a highlight of MNM was that we would greet each person with a loud “Hi [Name]!!”. I was stricken to see how impacted these individuals were by simply being acknowledged.
Since then I have tried to explore both the disparities as well as the advocacy efforts in the US and abroad. I was introduced to the concept of Adverse Childhood Experiences as an employee at a homeless shelter for individuals with a mental illness diagnoses. The theme of ACEs followed me in my clinical training in Flint, Michigan- where I was also exposed to the devastating impact that racism and negligence can have on a community.
During my interview trail, I immediately fell in love with Harbor UCLA when I saw their “Doctors for Social Justice” poster. Throughout the day it was clear that these were my people – colleagues and mentors that will help me to become an effective physician and advocate for under-resourced communities.
Professional Interests: School based health centers, Homeless healthcare, ACEs/trauma informed care

Languages: English, Japanese, high school level Spanish
Who/What inspires me: My colleagues, mentors, and patients.
Favorite places in LA: King Taco and LADWP
Celebrity Crush: Awkwafina, Hasan Minhaj, Ali Wong, and other API artists who are showing us the impact and importance of representation

 

Roberto Ramos, MD


MD: Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program PRIME

MPH (Health Policy & Management): UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

BA: Biology, Santa Clara University

Hometown: South Central Los Angeles

Growing up in South Central, Roberto’s family and friends would go to either King/Drew or Harbor-UCLA for hospital level care. He