Chief Resident

Matan Paret, MD

Hometown: Mountain View, CA
Undergraduate School: University of California Los Angeles
Medical School: Sackler School of Medicine
Residency Training: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
Clinical Interests: Hospital Medicine, Emergency Medicine
How I Thrive: Watching sports/fantasy football, finding the best restaurants in LA to eat at, and reading
About Me: Favorite childhood cartoon: Ninja Turtles, Favorite recess activity: magic the gathering

Community Medicine Fellow

Garlen Yu, MD

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Undergraduate School: UCSD
Medical School: Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: general pediatrics, community medicine, public health, medical education
How I Thrive: with sunlight…I'm probably solar-powered, but really soccer, videogames, hiking, good food, and hanging out with friends/family
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Recess Favorite recess activity: freeze tag

PGY-1

Eleanor Kim, MD

Hometown: Lakewood, CA
Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Clinical Interests: General pediatrics, community medicine
How I Thrive: : Spending time with my loved ones and furry friends. Eating a lot of mint chocolate chip ice cream.
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Spongebob Squarepants Favorite Recess Activity: running around like a lunatic.

Hye-Yin Kim, MD

Hometown: Pleasanton, CA
Undergraduate School: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: University of California, Davis, School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Inpatient medicine, global health, medical education
How I Thrive: Spending time with family and friends, traveling, exploring new places/restaurants
About Me: Favorite childhood cartoon: Fairly Oddparents Favorite recess activity: Tetherball

Heather Kraft, MD

Hometown: Gainesville, Florida
Undergraduate School: Wake Forest University
Medical School: University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Outpatient pediatrics
How I Thrive: Volleyball, exploring good food with great people, travel
About Me: Favorite childhood cartoon: Scooby-Doo! Favorite recess activity: all the team sports

Chiara Michienzie, MD

Hometown: Pelham, New York
Undergraduate School: Boston College
Medical School: Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Clinical Interests: General Pediatrics, Reproductive Health, LGBTQ+ Health, Breastfeeding
How I Thrive: Roadtrips, camping, and playing with my dogs
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Arthur Favorite Recess Activity: Tetherball

Taryn Jurgensen, MD

Hometown: Monrovia, CA
Undergraduate School: New York University
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: General Peds, Developmental-Behavioral Peds, Newborn Nursery
How I Thrive: Figure skating, tennis, golf, wakeboarding, skiing...basically most sports! Reading and playing piano when I prefer to relax. Also spending quality time with my family and friends (preferably overseas on vacation!).
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Sailor Moon; Favorite Recess Activity: Hopscotch and Jump Rope

Sarah Lentz, MD

Hometown: Savannah, GA
Undergraduate School: University of Georgia
Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Nursery & Outpatient Peds
How I Thrive: Spending time with family/friends/fur babies, exploring new places, going to Rosie's Dog Beach
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Powerpuff girls Favorite recess activity: Badminton

Jonathan Sawada, MD

Hometown: Irvine, CA
Undergraduate School: Point Loma Nazarene University
Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: General pediatrics
How I Thrive: Doing something active, cooking something new, hanging out with friends and family
About Me: Favorite childhood cartoon: Avatar: The Last Airbender Favorite recess activity: basketball

Arya Shariat, MD

Hometown: Los Angeles
Undergraduate School: University of California Los Angeles
Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
Clinical Interests: Cardiology
How I Thrive: Gym, concerts, reading
About Me: Favorite childhood cartoon: Hey Arnold; Favorite recess activity: Handball

Holly Weil, MD

Hometown: Los Angeles
Undergraduate School: Boston University
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: General Practice
How I Thrive: Beach, family, and food
About Me: Favorite childhood cartoon: Rugrats; Favorite recess activity: Handball

PGY-2

Minji Cho, MD

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Undergraduate School: UC San Diego
Medical School: California Northstate University College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: neonatal care
How I Thrive: I love taking trips to Disneyland and enjoying KBBQ with friends
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Hey Arnold! Favorite recess activity: four square

Marquell Craddock, MD

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate School: UC Berkeley
Medical School: UCLA/Drew Medical Education Program
Clinical Interests: adolescent and young adult medicine
How I Thrive: cooking with my wife and 3 year old daughter
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: The Magic School Bus Favorite recess activity: four square

Shaina Ganjian, MD

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate School: UC San Diego
Medical School: Sackler School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: preventative medicine, adolescent medicine
How I Thrive: spending time outdoors, dancing, and hanging out with friends
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: SpongeBob SquarePants Favorite recess activity: reading Harry Potter on the playground

Natalie Gevorkian, MD

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate School: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Medical School: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: outpatient pediatrics
How I Thrive: running and spending time with my puppy
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Looney Tunes Favorite recess activity: basketball

Sarah Hall, MD

Hometown: Fort Bragg, CA
Undergraduate School: Pacific Union College
Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: general pediatrics or adolescent medicine
How I Thrive: friends, family, therapy, and cats
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Inuyasha Favorite recess activity: handball

Kevin Hong, MD

Hometown: Ventura County, CA
Undergraduate School: Occidental College
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Development and neonatal care
How I Thrive: family time, Kindle, and kitten time
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Favorite recess activity: soccer

Kyasha Moore, MD

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergraduate School: Spelman College
Medical School: UCLA/Drew Medical Education Program
Clinical Interests: chronic pain management, health disparities
How I Thrive: walking my dog
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Aladdin Favorite recess activity: tag

Juan Munoz, MD

Hometown: West Covina, CA
Undergraduate School: Harvard University
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: outpatient medicine, medical education
How I Thrive: sun, volleyball, Disneyland, In-N-Out, board games, car sing-a-longs
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Rugrats Favorite recess activity: Prisoner/Kickball

PGY-3

Ishanee Dighe, DO

Hometown: Placentia, CA
Undergraduate School: UCLA
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Clinical Interests: public policy, global health
How I Thrive: good food, good company, good sleep
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Powerpuff Girls Favorite recess activity: four square

Razvan Druma, MD

Hometown: San Jose, CA
Undergraduate School: UC Berkeley
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: general pediatrics, infectious diseases, patient education
How I Thrive: sleeping, meditation, good food, travel, music
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: The Flintstones Favorite recess activity: hide and seek

Alex Field, MD

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Undergraduate School: Dartmouth College
Medical School: University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: inpatient medicine
How I Thrive: Korean food, good beer, good sleep, good people
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Pokemon Favorite recess activity: four square

Lauren Firanek, MD

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate School: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Clinical Interests: hospital medicine, academic medicine, global health
How I Thrive: hiking, good food, brewing beer, travel, music
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: The Wild Thornberrys Favorite recess activity: red rover

Deborah Gho, DO

Hometown: Jakarta, Indonesia
Undergraduate School: UC Davis
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Clinical Interests: inpatient medicine, critical care
How I Thrive: adventuring with my dog, spending time with friends and family, gardening, pilates, food, traveling
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: The Simpsons Favorite recess activity: anything that involves the ocean!

Camelia Mahmoudian, MD

Hometown: La Jolla, CA
Undergraduate School: UC Santa Barbara
Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: complex care, neurology, underserved populations, global health
How I Thrive: garden + staring at my plants, going to the beach, hanging out with my co-residents, playing the guitar
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: SpongeBob SquarePants Favorite recess activity: eating cookies!

Gordon Withers, MD

Hometown: Irvine, CA
Undergraduate School: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease (it's a fascinating condition that manifests in a myriad of ways, and though there are many treatment options, there is no "gold standard" in terms of therapy)
How I Thrive: being outdoors (eg. hiking through Griffith Park and driving along the coastline), LA's diverse food scene
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: SpongeBob SquarePants Favorite recess activity: handball

Emily Young, DO

Hometown: Cupertino, CA
Undergraduate School: UC Berkeley
Medical School: Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine
Clinical Interests: community medicine
How I Thrive: running, hiking, exploring LA, trying new restaurants, hanging out with family and friends
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Finding Nemo Favorite recess activity: jump-rope and double dutch

Where are our recent graduates now?

After successful completion of the required 36 months of training in pediatrics, graduates over the past 30 years have either remained with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (40 percent), entered subspecialty training (22 percent overall; 35 percent in the last five years), or embarked on a wide variety of other professional endeavors (e.g. hospital pediatrics, academics, medical administration, and working with the underserved population).

Of our most recent graduates, three are in fellowship (Neonatology at Children’s National, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at UC San Diego, and Community Medicine at KP LAMC), four are in general pediatrics, (two are full time with Kaiser Permanente, one with UC Davis, one in private practice).