Yvette Osei-Akosa, MD
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
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
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
Hometown: San Jose, CA
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
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