Adegbemisola “Gbemi” Daniyan, MD
Family Medicine, Fontana

Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
About Me: Having grown up in an developing country, I was exposed to the challenges that can occur with limited access to proper healthcare. However, I also observed how many, like my father, would use the resources that were available to provide the best care they could. I am grateful to now live in a country with abundant resources. As I have progressed through my medical education journey, I have come to realize that all that live here may not have equal opportunity to access these resources. Throughout my year as a community medicine fellow, I hope to learn more about the challenges of providing care to patients with limited access to healthcare. I look forward to not only growing as a clinician during this year but also learning ways in which I can make an impact in the community in which I live, one patient at a time Having grown up in an developing country, I was exposed to the challenges that can occur with limited access to proper healthcare. However, I also observed how many, like my father, would use the resources that were available to provide the best care they could. I am grateful to now live in a country with abundant resources. As I have progressed through my medical education journey, I have come to realize that all that live here may not have equal opportunity to access these resources. Throughout my year as a community medicine fellow, I hope to learn more about the challenges of providing care to patients with limited access to healthcare. I look forward to not only growing as a clinician during this year but also learning ways in which I can make an impact in the community in which I live, one patient at a time.

Gerardo Hernandez, MD
Family Medicine, Orange County

Medical School: University of California, Davis School of Medicine
Residency Training: Long Beach Memorial

Peifen (Sophia) Hu, MD
Family Medicine, San Diego

Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente San Diego
About Me: Being involved in the community had always been an integral part of my life. Prior to medicine, I was a high school science teacher in a low-income area of Hawai’I through Teach for America. After seeing the struggles my students and their families faced, I wanted to do more. In medical school, I volunteered and helped organize a student-run free clinic in the Philadelphia Chinatown, where I discovered just how much of a deterrent language can be to seeking medical care. During residency, I participated in various global health mission trips to provide care for patients in low resource settings as well as learn about their culture. In my first year of fellowship, I had the privilege of working with a non-profit organization called UPAC to provide a health fair for the immigrant population in City Heights. I hope to continue my work and explore new ways of connecting with my neighbors in this upcoming year.

Romina Kim, MD
Pediatrics, Los Angeles

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (Flint)
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles

Rima Shah Leclere, MD
Family Medicine, Los Angeles

Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles

Amarachi Okoro, MD
Family Medicine, Woodland Hills

Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
About Me: As the daughter of Nigerian immigrants, my family settled in an east Los Angeles County suburb where I grew up with a strong sense of cultural and community values. What drew me to medicine most was its ability to effect change within social justice, which lead me to the UCLA PRIME program where I also received my masters in Public Health in Health Policy and Management. From day 1, Family Medicine made the most sense to me as it encompasses all aspects of community health and wellness, gives me the greatest opportunity to address the social and structural issues associated with health inequalities. During my residency I continued to mentor and recruit underrepresented students through programs such as STEM Academy, volunteered at weekend health and career fairs whenever I could, and researched cancer screening disparities among minority populations. I'm excited to join the Kaiser Woodland Hills Community Medicine program and stand on the shoulders of the amazing leaders within the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley community medicine family!

Amy Sun, MD
Internal Medicine, Los Angeles

Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
About Me: My clinical experiences in a variety of settings have now ultimately led me to pursue a community medicine track. In spending my early years in Shanghai, I was able to see the impact of a socioeconomic divide on obtaining quality healthcare and subsequently, all other aspects of life. In my premed years, I was then able to return to China to care for patients and worked to bridge health disparities abroad. Closer to home, my research interest involved implementing strategies to minimize hospital readmissions in congestive heart failure patients at the community level. Throughout my medical training, I was fortunate to be able to work in numerous underserved clinics in Chicago, St. Louis and LA. These were experiences that I have found both educational and fulfilling, and ones that I hope to build upon during this fellowship. I am confident that this year will challenge me to find creative ways to deliver care, to grow into the role as a teacher, apply research to better the Los Angeles community, and sharpen my clinical acumen in the field of internal medicine.

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