Support Staff

The Harbor-UCLA Orthopaedic Residency Training Program has sufficient technical, clerical, and other non-physician personnel to support its administrative and educational conduct.

The Program office is staffed by our Department Administrator, Susana Barron, who manages all the business affairs of the Department; a Residency Coordinator, Christina Sanchez, who works with the Program Director and serves as a liaison between the residents and faculty; and office personnel, Marina Molina, who provides secretarial and administrative support.

The Department is blessed to have two Nurse Practitioner (NP) positions. Liz Medina is our Orthopaedic Surgery Trauma Nurse Practitioner. She functions to offload the administrative burden that would otherwise be borne by the Orthopaedic Trauma chief residents. Liz is involved in all phases of pre-surgical preparation of patients for elective surgical intervention on the Orthopaedic Trauma service. She is our critical interface between the Orthopaedic providers, the patient, pre-Anesthesia testing and the surgery scheduling office. Gladis Funes is our Orthopaedic Inpatient Nurse Practitioner. She is involved in all phases in the stream of care of our Orthopaedic adult patients. Gladis functions as a critical interface with rehab services, our DME (durable medical equipment) providers, the Utilization Review nurses, and our discharge planners. She provides oversight and supervises all aspects of inpatient Orthopaedic care. As the trainer of our Departmental and off-service PGY1 residents, she is our critical educational resource in training interns regarding the inpatient management of our Orthopaedic patients.

The program currently has a group of Physician Assistants who function as physician extenders in the clinics. They play a very valuable role in providing “protected time” for residents —free from clinical responsibility—to pursue didactic studies in clinical orthopaedics, basic science, as well as research. The program recently added a surgical trauma specialist.