Sai Gudiwada, M.D. (Chief)
Undergraduate – Sri Chaitanya Junior College, Andhra Pradesh, India
Medical School- Dr. P.S.I of Medical Sciences and Research Foundation, affiliate of NTR University of Health Sciences, Andhra Pradesh, India
Something about yourself – I am a foreign medical graduate trained in India, moved to the United States to pursue further education. Work experience includes clinical and basic science research from working at several reputable institutions like Stanford University and Columbia University. Currently pursuing Pathology Residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. I am in my Third year of training and loving every bit of the time I have spent here. I am also the Chief Resident of the department.
Why are you interested in Pathology? Pathology is a unique specialty of medicine, in conjunction with multiple other specialties. As pathologists, we interpret test results of various types and make a big difference in patient care. We are the directors behind the scenes, contributing significantly to patient’s wellbeing. There is a good work life balance in this specialty with one of the highest job satisfaction survey results consistently over span of several years.
Your hobbies? I love taking long strolls by the beach, cooking different types of cuisines, watching suspense films and most of all spending time with my adorable little angel, my daughter.
What you like about Harbor? Harbor has the county element to it, making it a unique place to train compared to other institutions. The volume and diversity of pathology seen here makes the residents more knowledgeable and confident to practice independently upon graduation. The location of Harbor in Los Angeles area, which is the entertainment capital and such excellent weather year round allows the residents several things to do outside of work thereby having a healthy mind and body.
Areas of Interest in Pathology- I am particularly interested in Women’s Health Pathology. I will be going to UCLA, Westwood Campus for my fellowship training.
Maryam Masouminia, M.D. (Chief)
Medical School- Iran University of Medical Sciences
Something about yourself – I grew up in a beautiful mountainous area on the west side of Iran, where all the mountains are white in the winters and covered with flowers in springs. I started my journey in medicine by entering one of the most competitive medical schools, followed by several research activities and publications. Being persistent and assertive to reach what I want is a significant part of my personality. As Rumi, our magnificent poet says, “Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon; how much it can fill your room depends on its windows.”
Why are you interested in Pathology? During my medical training, I was impressed by the strong scientific background in pathology which made me interested in pursuing my career in this field. A discipline that explores the origins of diseases by using a wide range of sciences like histology, cell and molecular biology and biomedicine to diagnose and treats conditions that affect human life. A surgeon wouldn’t open a patient before consulting a pathologist!
Your hobbies? I love cooking, gardening, watching movies, exercising and walking my dog!
What you like about Harbor? Harbor UCLA is located in the south bay area of Los Angeles County and is close to the beautiful beaches. There are plenty of multicultural restaurants around the hospital which makes it possible to have small parties for a colleague birthday, baby shower, etc. Also, the county nature of HUMC has given us the chance to see a variety of cases that makes us a better pathologist in the future.
Areas of Interest in Pathology- I like all the areas of pathology and aiming to be an excellent general pathologist. Dermatopathology is the field I love to explore more; that’s why I go to Dermatopathology and musculoskeletal pathology at Cedars-Sinai for my fellowship.
Jiajie (George) Lu, M.D.
Medical School: Columbia University
Something about myself: I grew up in California, was on the East Coast for my education, and decided to come back. I really liked my pathology rotation in medical school, and this helped me decide to go into this field. Looking through slides, finding pathologic features, and correlating with clinical context is stimulating, like solving a puzzle. In my spare time, I like to play basketball and play piano.
What I like about Harbor: Because of the patient population, we get many interesting cases. Some of them show very advanced pathology and we get quite a few zebras. Frozen section and unknown case conferences are fun!
Areas of Interest in Pathology: Surgical pathology
Kenechukwu Ojukwu, M.D.
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley, California
Medical School: Charles Drew University/David Geffen School of Medicine (PRIME)
Something about yourself – My name is Kenechukwu Ojukwu. Most folks call me “Kene”. I am a passionate physician excited about my privilege to learn and take care of patients for living. I believe “to whom much is given, much is expected”. So you typically will find me looking for ways to use my powers for good.
Why are you interested in Pathology? – I literally fell in love with pathology after realizing how diverse, relevant and necessary the specialty is in the realm of any medical practice. I feel the specialty brings out the best of my talent, knowledge and passion.
Your hobbies? – I love to learn new things, dance, watch TV/films, plan projects, kickbox, hang out with friends/family and have analytical conversations that discuss the many meanings of life.
What you like about Harbor: I love our patient population. I love how necessary it is to care about your job as a physician at Harbor to actually do a good job. I love that the hospital is “resident run” and that we take pride in taking ownership of our cases.
Areas of Interest in Pathology: Surgical Pathology, GI Pathology, Quality Improvement, Education policy
Sara Samadzadeh, M.D.
Medical School: Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences
Something about yourself: I am from west of Iran. I grew up, graduated and, started to work in my hometown, Kermanshah. After a long time living with family, I moved to the United States to complete my journey as a pathologist.
Why are you interested in Pathology? Back in medical school, I did multiple clinical and basic science research, and I found basic science more interesting. I love to see behind the scenes! I did work as a general physician for a while in my country, and then, I find Pathology behind the scenes of the diseases!
Your Hobbies: I love cooking, baking, going to the gym (fitness), reading Persian poetries (Hafez, Khayyam, Rumi are my favorite poets), traveling and hanging out with friends.
What are you like about Harbor: Harbor-UCLA is a very diverse environment. It is exciting to be familiar with other countries culture. Being a busy county hospital, give us many opportunities for learning and advancing our career.
Areas of interest in Pathology: General surgical Pathology, Gynecology (GYN), Cytology.
Yue Jia, M.D., PhD.
Medical School : Nanjing Medical University, China
Something about yourself – I like reading books and trying to build up a small library with many medical books someday, maybe. I like doing research and trying to publish important papers and build up a medical research lab in the future. I like to find an answer for a medical problem such as making a diagnosis for a patient or clarifying a mechanism for a disease. All these goals can be achieved as a Pathologist.
Your hobbies? Reading, Watching movies, Listening music.
What you like about Harbor? The diversity of cases, the chances for research, and the environment of friendly team workers.
Areas of Interest in Pathology: GI pathology and HP
Matthew Crabtree, M.D.
University of Washington (BS)
University of California, Irvine (MS)
Medical College of Wisconsin (MD)
I am a pathology resident at Harbor-UCLA. Before medical school, I had an established career as a research scientist in academia and in private industry, with areas of focus that included immunology, genetics, rheumatology, and oncology. Now, as a resident of pathology, I feel that my work is contributing to others in a more substantial way. My responsibility to my patients gives me a greater sense of fulfillment as I continue to grow in my role as a physician.
What you like about Harbor
Our attending physicians have a wealth of knowledge in diverse areas of pathology that have taken many years of study to accumulate. At Harbor-UCLA, we collaborate to bring this breadth of knowledge to our patients in actionable ways that improve their health. I enjoy working with the amazing people at Harbor, and really enjoy seeing what we can achieve together.
Areas of Interest in Pathology: Hematopathology; Molecular Pathology
Maria Miranda-Taylor, M.D.
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley, American Studies Major
Medical School: UC Davis
Something about yourself: As a new resident at Harbor I’m getting to know my fellow residents, attendings and staff. The many challenges of residency are easily met with the comradery we develop and support we provide for each other as we work towards a common goal of providing the best care for our patients.
Why are you interested in Pathology? It’s fun. I get to use my innate visual/pattern recognition skills to solve medical puzzles. I love getting to know the “why” and “how” of pathophysiology. Being able to solve diagnostic mysteries in the service of patients and their families makes this career truly my passion.
Your hobbies? My large extended family lives in NorCal so I try to go home as often as possible. I plan on reading for fun soon, right after my next exam.
What you like about Harbor: I love the weather and being close to the beach and all kinds of activities and entertainment. The patient population that Harbor delivers care to is the same kind of community I grew up in.
Areas of Interest in Pathology: Still exploring my options.
Anamaria Munteanu, M.D., Ph.D.
Truc Tran, M.D.
Undergraduate: UC Irvine
Medical School: Pennsylvania State College of Medicine
Something about yourself: I went to high school and college in the sunny California and moved to the East Coast for my medical education. I matched into Harbor-UCLA in 2018 and I enjoy working here with my co-residents. I was first introduced to pathology when I did a basic science research project in a pathology lab during medical school, and this experience sparked my interest in the study of Pathology. Pathology is the foundation of medicine, and it plays a critical role in patient care. I also have a lot of options in term of career choice as a Pathologist.
Your hobbies? Hanging out with my family and friends and Clark (my cat), crafting, reading, music, and movies.
What you like about Harbor? The population at Harbor is unique and the cases I get to see on a daily basis are very advanced and educational. Harbor also provides the residents the independence and responsibilities that prepare them for their future career. The environment at Harbor is overall very amiable and the residents are getting along very well. Moreover, Harbor locates in Los Angeles County with nice weather year round and offers easy access to LA and Orange County.
Areas of Interest in Pathology: General surgical Pathology, Hematopathology.
Sepideh Bamdad, M.D.
My name is Sepideh Bamdad. I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. I graduated medical school in 1997 and practiced as a general practitioner in my country for 8 years. I moved to this great country 13 years ago with my 6 year old son ( now 19) hoping to build up a better future for him, and experience the freedom we never had in my homeland. I have been working as a Medical Assistant since then and I have also done multiple research, volunteering, and observerships before I got matched at Harbor UCLA. Currently I live in Yorba Linda, a small family oriented town in north Orange County. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, playing and listening to music,watching movies, reading poetry, and walking on the beach. I also love exploring new restaurants with different type of food and culture. The past few years have been tough but traveling is definitely on my bucket list!
Medical school: Azad University, Tehran Faculty of Medicine, Iran
Why pathology? Throughout my clinical rotations in school, I found myself more and more intrigued by the pathophysiology of diseases and the important role pathology plays in the diagnosis, management, and follow-up of the patients. In my own practice in Iran, I was surprised by how dependent I was to a pathologist to manage my patients. Being in the dermatology field here in the US, I got exposed to dermatopathology and MOHS surgery which brought me even more interest and experience in the pathology field. I love the intellectual stimulation of understanding the disease process. I am fascinated by methods and technologies used in this field and I believe that pathology is the definitive answer to a variety of conditions spanning all specialties. My interest and passion is Dermatopathology but I am open to explore all the different aspects of this field.
Why I chose Harbor UCLA? The program had a great vibe from the beginning, starting with my interview day. The atmosphere is very welcoming and friendly. Residents are exposed to a great number of interesting cases and are trained to work and learn independently. We get exposed to both generalized and sub-specialty styles with experiences at a few different campuses, each with unique patient populations. I have to add that the program is IMG friendly and last but not least, it’s local so I am blessed to be able to stay in the beautiful southern California.
Rashmi Bhuyan, M.D.
I was born and raised in North-East India. I attended Assam Medical College and completed a residency training in Ob-Gyn at Silchar Medical College, India. After moving to the United States, I joined Stanford University oncology research, where I conducted research focusing on the role of cancer stem cells in myc-induced cancers. Prior to joining pathology residency at UCLA–Harbor, I completed training in a transitional year residency at BronxCare hospital, NY. The cellular and sub-cellular changes of cancer and and its visionary aspect attracted me to pathology. I chose UCLA-Harbor to pursue my pathology training because of the excellent faculty and the sunny weather in Los Angles. After the completion of AP/CP training, I look forward to advance my training in gastro-intestinal pathology. I also worked for US Navy reserve for a year. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, writing poems and spending times with my two children.
Nadia Nashi, M.D.
I was born and raised in Iraq. I finished second year medical school in Baghdad University before immigrating with my family to the US. I had to start from scratch as if I just finished high school. So, I obtained my bachelor degree from UC San Diego in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. I did a lot of research in many areas including Head and Neck cancer, Lupus, Obstructive Sleep Apnea and immunology. For my Obstructive Sleep Apnea research project, I spent a lot of time at the San Diego Medical Examiner office. I loved it! So I decided to become a pathologist. I attended University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI. I like Harbor UCLA pathology program because of the size of the class, and location near the beach and my family. In addition, I love the fact that Harbor UCLA takes care of underserved population. My hobbies are Crocheting, operas, symphonies and theater.
Kumkum Vadehra, M.D.