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PGY-1 Residents

 

Dr. Alhassen

Ziad Alhassen, M.D.

My clinical interests are...General Pediatrics and Hematology-Oncology.
My hobbies are... Power lifting, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, basketball & swimming.  I also love to travel.
One person I would like to meet is... Theodore Roosevelt
When I grow up (Plans after Residency)... Work in a medically underserved population as a general pediatrician or specialist.
Something you would never guess about me is..I love History, Geography & Politics
If I won the lottery the first thing I would do is:... I would travel the world to experience the culture, cuisine and beauty of every country on earth.  I would take my loved ones with me, of course!

Dr. Ali

Nisreen Ali, M.D.

My clinical interests are... Pediatric Cardiology and GI
My hobbies are...  Travel, snorkeling, white water rafting, reading, tryout out different cuisines and dancing.
One person I would like to meet is...  Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistan philanthropist, social activist and humanitarian.
When I grow up (Plans after Residency)...  I would like to pursue a fellowship in Cardiology and be a part of an academic institution, where I can teach and carry out various research projects.
Something you would never guess about me is... my age.
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is...  A house on 17 Miles Drive, California

Dr. Bautista

Lorraine Bautista, M.D.

My clinical interests are... Public Health & Neonatology.
My hobbies are... Reading, cooking, shopping, gardening, traveling & spending time outdoors.
One person I would like to meet is... Anne Shirley of Green Gables.
When I grow up (Plans after Residency)... Fellowship or teaching & hopefully spending more time with my family.
Something you would never guess about me is... I once performed with Mariachi Cobre at Disney World.
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is... A beach bungalow.

 
Luis Castellon, M.D.

My clinical interests are...  General Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology and Adolescent Medicine .
My hobbies are...  traveing, reading, films and eating.
One person I would like to meet is... Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
When I grow up (Plans after Residency)...  I hope to be a great pediatrician.
Something you would never guess about me is...  I am not as mean as I look.
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would do is pay my school loans.  

Dr. Fernandes

Susan Fernandes, M.D.

My clinical interests are... General Pediatrics; especially the clinic  .
My hobbies are... Learning about new cultures, dancing, traveling, watching Asian TV shows, photography, painting, and reading; if I have time .
One person I would like to meet is... Kristen Bell, she wrote a fantastic article about the benefits of vaccinations; plus I would love to sing Frozen songs with her.
When I grow up (Plans after Residency)...  General Pediatrics or Pediatric Endocrinology; for now.
Something you would never guess about me is... I speak Korean.
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is... Pay off my debt, help my family, and get a flight to travel through Asia. 

Dr. Fong

Emily Fong, M.D.

My clinical interests are... General pediatrics, Endocrinology, Allergy & Immunology.
My hobbies are... spending quality time with my family and friends, zumba, yoga, traveling, photography.
One person I would like to meet is... Oprah Windfrey.
When I grow up (Plans after Residency)... I plan to have my own practice or work at Houston's Texas Medical Center where I will be able to pursue both my dream as a pediatrician and be close to my family!
Something you would never guess about me is... People have told me that they are surprised I have such a big voice!
If I won the lottery, the fist thing I would buy is... Treat my family with first class plane tickets to explore the world!!!!

Dr. Gonzalez Rosales

Noel GonzaleZ Rosales, M.D.

My clinical interests are... even though still changing by fascinating experiences; Neonatology, Pulmonology, Allergy-Immunology and Hematology-Oncology are my aim at this point.
My hobbies are...  traveling and outdoor activities, from horseback riding to hiking mountains and volcanoes, playing tennis, and swimming in rivers, lakes, and of course, pools.  Watching movies, working out, meeting people are some other things I like to do.  I also enjoy traveling to my country to see my family.
One person I would like to meet is...  Pope Francis, who I consider to be a perfect example of a person who dedicates their life for a cause, reaching a point where his devotion reaches and serves the world.  His great concern for improvement of poverty and interfaith communication, is what I admire the most.
When I grow up (Plans after Residency)...  I plan to pursue a fellowship and eventually be involved in an academic institution, where I can play an active role in teaching and mentoring of upcoming generations, and also joining in and contributing to the improvement of health care in needed communities.
Something you would never guess about me is...  that I can make ceviche.  It's one of my favorite foods to eat and one of the few reasons why you would find me in a kitchen.
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would do is...build a school and shelter for children in my country.

Dr. Hartman

Eric Hartman, M.D.

My clinical interests are...  Endocrinology and general pediatrics.
My hobbies are...  food movies, history, travel, and shenanigans (road trips, pranks, eating life with shining teeth!)
One person I would like to meet is...  Dan Patrick.                                           When I grow up (Plans after Residency):... Endocrinology fellowship or primary care
Something you would never guess about me is...  I have a batman costume in my car at all times (shh, don't tell anyone!).
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is...  A DeLorean with a Flux capacitor for my dad.    

Dr. Karube

Takaharu Karube, M.D.

My clinical interests are...  Sports medicine, General Pediatrics, Neonatology
My hobbies are... Playing sorts, basketball, soccer, tennis, swimming, etc.
One person I would like to meet is...  Michael Jordan.
When I grow up (Plans after Residency)...  Pursue a fellowship and enjoy my life by studying and teaching what I'm interested in.
Something you would never guess about me is...  I used to learn Japanese calligraphy (my handwriting is awful.....)  
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is...  A round-the-world ticket to see the amazing sights throughout the world.

 
Marcelo Lacayo, M.D.

My clinical interests are...  Pediatric Gastroenterology, nutrition for optimization of healing based on clinical condition of patient, nutritional deficiencies, in impoverished populations, inflammatory bowel disease. 
My hobbies are... Cooking barbecue, playing tennis with my wife, taking our daughter out to see nature, museums, etc., watching movies, book club.
One person I would like to meet is...  Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
When I grow up (Plans after Residency)... Pediatric Gastroenterology. 
Something you would never guess about me is... when I was 4, at the beach in Costa Rica, I decided it was a good idea to go all the way to the end of the beach, to reach the rocks.  I walked for who knows how long.  My mom was desperate; I was nowhere in sight.  Far, far away she saw an orange speckle...it was me with my fluorescent orange swimming trunks.  Phew.
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is...  I would make sure no loans are left unpaid.  Then I would bring my nana to the USA to get knee surgery!  I would buy my parents and my in-laws a nice  3 week vacation plan wherever they may want to go!

Dr. Mohanan

Ann Mohanan, M.D.

My clinical interests are...  Neonatology, Genetics, Gastronterology
My hobbies are...  music. love visiting art museums, cruising, bowling and travel.
One person I would like to meet is...  Enid Blyton.
When I grow up (Plans after Residency)...  planning in progress.
Something you would never guess about me is... I craved to study at the Juilliard School.  
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is...  a performing arts theatre just for me.

 
Ajay Reddy, M.D.

My clinical interests are... Pediatric GI and hospital based medicine.
My hobbies are... sports (especially basketball), working out, playing and listening to musci, drawing/artsy stuff, dancing... the list is too long! 
One person I would like to meet is...  Captain America
When I grow up (Plans after Residency)...  I plan to pursue a competitive fellowship.  
Something you would never guess about me is... I was born in Chicago, and am a big Bulls fan!
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is... freedom from loans!  Then maybe a tropical vacation home and food and a regular home and some more food and...  

Dr. Speer

Nathan Speer, M.D.

My clinical interests are... General Pediatrics. 
My hobbies are...  Running, biking, reading about medicine (whether I like it or not)
One Person I would like to meet is...  Jesus Christ
When I grow up (Plans after Residency)....  Serve the children of El Paso, TX
Something you would never guess about me is
... I hate being cold!  Keep me warm!!!
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is...  Buy a plane ticket to somewhere exotic like New Zealand or Alaska.

Dr. Villacis

Gloria Villacis Calderon, M.D.

My clinical interests are... General pediatrics, very interested in Neonatology, would like to explore Gastroenterology and Endocrinology.
My hobbies are...  spending time with my family, playing with my daughters, traveling, biking, swimming and Zumba.  
One person I would like to meet is...  Mother Teresa.
When I grow up (Plans after Residency)...  pursing a fellowship, teaching medical students and advocating for immigrants.  My dream is to build a children's hospital in my home country, Ecuador.
Something you would never guess about me is...  I grew up in Argentina so I love soccer and eating good beef.
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is... an airplane so that I can visit my loved ones in my free time. 

Dr. Williams

Shari Williams, M.D.

My clinical interests are...  Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
My hobbies are...playing tennis, reading, traveling, trying out new foods, baking and going to the movies.  
One person I would like to meet is... my great great grandfather.
When I grow up (Plans after Residency)... continuing on to a fellowship. 
Something you would never guess about me is... I'm from Kingston, Jamaica. 
If I won the lottery the first thing I would buy is... an all expense paid trip around the world for my family.

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