News & Events

May 2018

Cynthia Tom took 3rd place in the Resident Research Competition at SoCal ACS for her paper entitled  “Outcomes of Combined Hernia Repair and Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Placement: A NSQIP Analysis” under the mentorship of Ashkan Moazzez. Great Work!

Congrats to Kelsey Gray (R4) and Eric Simms who won the Battle of the Blades surgery debate at SoCal ACS, beating out SB Cottage, USC, Loma Linda, Kaiser LA, Kaiser Fontana, Cedars, and UCI.

April 2018

Welcome to our General Surgery Intern Class 2018-2019

Categorical Interns

Naveen Balan, MD – Drexel University COM

Caitlyn Braschi, MD – Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai

Tessa Lamberton, MD – Loma Linda University SOM

Jessica Liu, MD – University of Texas SOM at San Antonio

Holly Mulinder, MD/MPH – Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center SOM

Maria Valadez, MD – University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen SOM

Preliminary Interns

Nishat Ahmed, MD – Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Mollie Andreae, MD – Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Jeffrey Badday, MD – Universidad Autanoma de Guadalajara Facultad de Medicina

Catalino Bautista III, MD – Loma Linda University SOM

Martand Chhibber, MD – Ross University SOM, American University of Antigua COM

Jason Crowther, MD – Tulane University SOM

Xuan-Lan Doan, MD – University of Hawaii, John A. Burns SOM

Vivian Hsiao, MD – The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Christopher Mejias, MD – Washington University in St. Louis SOM

Tulsi Patel, MD – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences COM

Melissa Phuphanich, MD – Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center

Fatima Sharif, MD, BA – University of Missouri-Kansas City SOM

Pranamya Suri, MD – Ross University SOM

Michael Van Tienderen, DO – A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

Congratulations to Cynthia Tom for winning the Jack A. Barney Resident Paper Competition at the Southwestern Surgical Congress for her presentation entitled “Assessing outcomes and costs of appendectomies performed at rural hospitals.”

Congratulations to Dr. Dennis Kim on receiving the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Award for  Excellence in Teaching.

Congratulations to Sonam Kapadia, Surgery R2, who is one of ten residents to receive the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine’s 2018 Excellence in Teaching with Humanism Residents and Fellows Award.

We are proud to announce that Dr. Dan deUgarte has been appointed Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Harbor-UCLA, and Dr. Steve Lee is now the Chief of Pediatric Surgery at UCLA.

October 2017

Congratulations to our faculty on their recent promotions: 
Dr. Dennis Kim – Director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Training Program
Dr. Ashkan Moazzez – Medical Director of Utilization Review
Dr. Eric Simms – Interim Chief of the General Surgery Division
Dr. David Plurad will transition to the position of Trauma Medical Director and Medical Director of the SICU at Riverside Community Hospital.  Congratulations and thank you for your service and dedication to our patients and trainees at Harbor-UCLA.   

September 2017

We want to welcome our new staff member, Dr. Richard Everson. Dr. Everson will be joining our Neurology team. We are excited to welcome him aboard.

August 2017

Residency Interview Dates for the 2018-2019 Intern Class have been announced: November 29th and December 13th. All applicants must apply through the ERAS system.

We are excited to announce our 3rd Annual FARES Symposium will be held on March 17, 2018 at the Westdrift Hotel in Manhattan Beach, formerly the Manhattan Beach Marriot Hotel.

June 2017

Third Annual Harbor-UCLA Department of Surgery Research Symposium Winners:

Alexander Schwed, MD for Best Clinical Science Paper Award

Michael O’ Leary, MD for Best Basic Science Paper Award

Congratulations and farewell to our graduating class!

Devon Callahan, MD- Private Practice (Acute Care Surgery), Abbott Northwestern, Minneapolis, MN

Jessica Keeley, MD- Trauma, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, University of Southern California

Jerry Kim, MD- Vascular Surgery Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine

Brian MacLaughlin, MD- Colorectal Surgery Fellowship, University of TX, Houston

Dennis Nemceff, MD- Vascular Surgery Fellowship, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Huan Yuan, MD- Endocrine Surgery Fellowship, North Shore University Hospital

October 2016

We are thrilled to announce that our 2nd Annual Faculty Retreat will be held at Terranea on October 22nd. This year’s theme will be teamwork in a healthcare setting. We look forward to a fun filled day with everyone!

The 2nd Annual Faculty and Residents as Educators Symposium has been confirmed for March 11, 2017 and will again be held at the Manhattan Beach Marriot Hotel.

Congratulations to Dr. Reed Ayabe, who was selected to attend a prestigious two-year NCI Surgical Oncology Research Fellowship at the NIH starting July 2017!

September 2016

Welcome aboard to our newest faculty members:

Dr. Nina Bowens – Vascular Division
Dr. Eric Simms – General & Bariatric Surgery Division

Congrats to Huan! He has been accepted for fellowship in Endocrine Surgery at Northshore Health System/Cook County in Chicago.

All of our recent graduates have passed the written Boards. Way to go Andrew, Brian, Ronnie, and Ted!!

August 2016

A warm welcome to our three new faculty members:
Dr. George Singer –Trauma Division
Dr. Molly Deane –Trauma Division
Dr. Kathryn Chen – Surgical Oncology Division

The 2nd Annual Critical Care/Trauma Surgery Conference will be held on August 25th. The conference will highlight innovative therapies, best practices and issues encountered in Critical Care, Trauma and Surgery populations.

July 2016

Welcome to our intern class 2016-2017:

Categorical Interns
Camaleigh Jaber, MD, Loyola University Chicago SOM
Sonam Kapadia, MD, University of Vermont COM
John Michel-Ruddy, MD, University of Maryland SOM
Sohail Sareh, MD, UCLA David Geffen SOM
Adam Shellito, MD, University of CA Davis
Joseph Sirody, MD, Eastern VA Medical School

Preliminary Interns
Hamid Alipour, MD, Kermanshah University SOM, Undesignated
Apar Ghumanr, DO, MPH, Touro COM, CA, PM&R: Marian Joy Rehab Hosp, IL
Jack Guevara, DO, Lake Erie COM, PA, Anesthesia: Kendall Reg. Med Ctr, FL
Ohwook Kwon, MD, Loma Linda SOM, Radiology: Loma Linda
Diana Lee, MD, Georgetown University SOM, Ophthalmology
Kiarash Mashayekhi, MD, Tehran University of Med Science, Undesignated
David Nguyen, DO, Philadelphia COM / Western U Health Science COM, Pacific, Anesthesia: Rush Univ Med Ctr, IL
Van Nguyen, MD, University of CA San Francisco, Diagnostic Radiology: USC
Micah Rogers, DO, AZ COM of Midwestern, Anesthesia: St. Elizabeth Med Ctr, MA
Vonetta Williams, MD, Loma Linda University SOM, Radiation Oncology: Univ of WA
Jeffrey Yang, MD, University of IL COM, Anesthesia: Rush Univ Med Ctr, IL
Sam Zheng, MD, USF Health Morsani COM, Radiology: Icahn SOM, Beth Israel, NY

Residency Interview Dates for the 2017-2018 Intern Class have been announced: November 30th and December 7th. All applicants must apply through the ERAS system

June 2016

Second Annual Harbor-UCLA Department of Surgery Research Symposium Winners:

1st Prize- Dr. Jennifer Williams

2nd Prize- Dr. Michael O’ Leary

Congratulations and farewell to our graduating class!

Edward Gifford, MD- Vascular Surgery Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, Rochester

Andrew Nguyen, MD- Surgical Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery, University of Maryland Medical Center

Brian Nguyen, MD- Bariatric Surgery Fellowship, Harvard Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Veronica Sullins, MD- Pediatric Surgery Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

April 2016

Harbor-UCLA Surgery had an outstanding representation at the Southwestern Surgical Congress (SWSC) meeting in San Diego. We had three podium presentations (Ben Pham, Jess Keeley, Kyle Mock), three quick shot presentations (Aaron Parrish {two} and Eric Tamrazian) and one poster (Jon Williams). Congratulations to all!

March 2016

We are proud to announce Dr. Christine Dauphine as the Vice Chair of Surgical Education, Dr. Beverley Petrie as the Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery, and Dr. Brant Putnam as the Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs in the Department of Surgery.

Harbor-UCLA’s Department of Surgery held the first medical student boot camp. The medical students were able to gain some potentially lifesaving skills in this powerful 2 week session.

October 2015

Interview Dates for the 2016-2017 General Surgery Residency Match will be December 2 and December 9, 2015.  Applications must be completed through ERAS.

Congratulations to our Chief Residents on their Fellowship matches:
  •      Ted Gifford – Vascular Surgery at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  •      Ronnie Sullins – Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  •      Andrew Nguyen – Trauma and Critical Care at University of Maryland Shock Trauma
  •      Brian Nguyen – Bariatric Surgery at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

June 2015

First Annual Harbor-UCLA Research Day Winners:
1st Prize – Ted Gifford, Junior Chief Resident
2nd Prize – Brian MacLaughlin, Research Resident

Congratulations and farewell to our graduating class!
Bryan Goldner – Surgical Oncology fellowship, City of Hope
Andrew Li – Plastic Surgery fellowship, UCLA
Carrie Luu – Surgical Oncology fellowship, Moffitt Cancer Center
Sam Schwartz – Vascular Surgery fellowship, Massachusetts General
Judy Wang – Minimally Invasive Surgery, Methodist Hospital, Houston

May 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Michael O’Leary who just won the UCLA Excellence in Teaching with Humanism Residents and Fellows Award. This is the second year in a row that a Harbor-UCLA Surgery Resident has won this award.

Jerry Kim took home First Place Resident Prize for Best Paper at the Southern California Vascular Surgery Society Meeting. Great work and congratulations!!

April 2015

Dr. Dennis Kim was nominated for the 2015 UCLA Exceptional Physician Award. Congratulations Dr. Kim!

March 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Isaac Yang, Neurosurgeon, who was recently honored by the American Medical Student Association with its National Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence.

The First Annual Harbor-UCLA Resident Research Day will be held in Parlow Auditorium on June 10, 2015. Abstract deadline: May 11th

January 2015

Congratulations to Jerry Kim, MD and Jessica Keeley, MD who received awards for best papers at the Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons meeting in Santa Barbara.

August 2014

Welcome to our newest faculty member, Yvonne Carter, MD – Thoracic Surgery

July 2014

Welcome to our intern class 2014-2015:
Categorical Interns
Reed Ayabe, MD – UCLA
Emily Dubina, MD – UCLA
Paul Frank, MD – UCLA
Erin Howell, MD – UC Davis
Priti Lalchandani, MD – UCLA
Cynthia Tom, MD – Case Western Reserve

Preliminary Interns
Ellen Chang, MD – Washington University
Brian Cristiano, MD – University of Colorado
Rachelle DuQuette, MD – University of Arizona
David Mina, MD – Meharry Medical College
Eli Johnson, DO – Touro Osteopathic
Dane Lee, MD – University of Hawaii
Michael Lersten, MD – University of Iowa
Shelby Lundahl, MD – Ohio State
Alexa Merz, MD – UCLA
Amir Rahnavard, MD – Chicago Medical School
Sriram Rangarajan, MD – UC San Diego
Michael Tulio, MD – UT, San Antonio

Residency Interview Dates for 2015-2016 Intern Class announced: November 12, 2014 and December 10, 2014

June 2014

Faculty Teaching Award – Angela Neville, MD
Surgery Resident Teaching Award – Ann Falor, MD
Intern of the Year Award – Lara Driggers, MD

June 2014

Congratulations to our graduating class!
Erik Barthel – Pediatric Surgery, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
Annie Falor – Surgical Oncology, City of Hope
Wendy Liu – Colon and Rectal Surgery, University of Southern California
Amy Polverini – currently applying for breast surgery fellowship
Anisa Yalom – Hand Surgery, University of Pennsylvania

May 2014

Congratulations to Sam Schwartz, MD on his fellowship match in Vascular Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

April 2014

Our heartfelt congratulations to Anisa Yalom and Andew Li, who both won the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Excellence in Teaching with Humanism Residents and Fellows Award! We are most proud of you both!

We are excited to announce the opening of our beautiful new operating room suites on April 14. The new Emergency Room will also open April 20.

February 2014

Congrats to Anisa Yalom – accepted to University of Pennsylvania for Hand Fellowship.

At the Pacific Coast Surgical Association annual meeting, only 24 papers from the entire West Coast were chosen for oral podium presentations, and two came from Harbor-UCLA. A congratulations are in order to Drs. Ted Gifford and Huan Yan who eloquently presented their research work.

January 2014

Welcome to our newest faculty members:
Junko Ozao-Choy, MD – Surgical Oncology/Breast From John Wayne Cancer Institute
Jennifer Smith, MD – Trauma and Critical Care From LAC + USC Medical Center

November 2013

New OR/ER building scheduled to open Jan 27, 2014.

Congratulations to the following residents who were selected to present their research at the upcoming Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons meeting in Santa Barbara, January 17-19, 2014.

Erik Barthel, MD
Ted Gifford, MD
Bryan Goldner, MD
Ankur Gupta, MD
Jessica Keeley, MD
Carrie Luu, MD
Andrew Nguyen, MD
Brian Nguyen, MD (2 papers)
Alex Schwed, MD
Ronnie Sullins, MD

October 2013

We are proud to announce that three of our residents had podium presentations at the recent American College of Surgeons national meeting in Washington, DC. Congratulations to Drs. Bryan Goldner, Andrew Li, and Ronnie Sullins.

Congrats to our Chief residents on their fellowship matches for 2014-2015:

Annie Falor, MD – Surgical Oncology, City of Hope
Erik Barthel, MD – Pediatric Surgery, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Wendy Liu, MD – Colorectal Surgery, USC

We received a 10-year program accreditation and complement increase to 6 categorical residents per year.

September 2013

Residency Interview Dates Announced: December 11, 2013 and January 8, 2014.

August 2013

Welcome to our newest faculty members:

Danielle Hari, MD – GI/Oncology Surgery From: John Wayne Cancer Institute
Tim Ryan, MD – Vascular Surgery From: Cleveland Clinic

June 2013

Faculty Teaching Award – Ravin Kumar, MD
Surgery Resident Teaching Award – Guy Saltmarsh, MD
Intern of the Year Award – Kyle Mock, MD and Mike O’Leary, MD

April 2013

Dr. Tim VanNatta announced as Interim Chief Medical Officer at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

February 2013

Congratulations Sam Schwartz, winner of the Best Resident Paper award at the Pacific Coast Surgical Association meeting