Chief Resident

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

Community Medicine Fellow

Grace Kim, MD

Medical School: UCLA PRIME | David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Residency Training: UCLA

PGY-1

Connaught Blood, MD

Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska
Undergraduate School: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
Clinical Interests: Hospital Medicine
How I Thrive: I love hiking, camping, hanging out with my cat, and playing guitar.
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Arthur Favorite Recess Activity: Kickball

Vanessa Chu, MD

Hometown: Pleasanton, CA
Undergraduate School: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: General Peds, Emergency Med, Global Health
How I Thrive: I enjoy being active outdoors, friends & family, yoga, pottery, and puppies!
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Arthur Favorite Recess Activity: Four Square

Jocelyn Ha, MD

Hometown: Fremont, CA
Undergraduate School: University of California, Irvine
Medical School: University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: General Pediatrics, Medical Education
How I Thrive: I thrive by spending time with family, catching up with old friends, meeting new friends, trying different restaurants/happy hour, and hanging out with my puppy Benji.
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: The Fairly OddParents Favorite Recess Activity: Does snack time count?

Cesar Hernandez, MD

Hometown: Paterson, New Jersey
Undergraduate School: Harvard University
Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Clinical Interests: Sports Medicine, NICU, Cardiology, General Peds
How I Thrive: I like playing with my dog Kai, catching up on sports, and hanging out with friends.
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Rocket Power and Rugrats Favorite Recess Activity: Soccer

Nivedita Kar, MD

Hometown: Irvine, California
Undergraduate School: University of California Los Angeles
Medical School: California Northstate University College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Global health, Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Cardiology, and Mental Health
How I Thrive: I love spending time with my partner, family, and friends. I enjoy eating ice cream, drinking coffee, and traveling. I practice yoga and meditation.
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Rocket Power and The Proud Family Favorite Recess Activity: Double Dutch and Hula-hoop

Jameel Kassam, MD, MPH

Hometown: Irvine, CA
Undergraduate School: UCLA
Medical School: University of Connecticut
Clinical Interests: Pediatric/Neonatal Critical Care, Community Medicine
How I Thrive: I enjoy lifting weights, walking my dog Lucky, ping-pong, spending time family and friends, tennis, and reading.
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Doug Favorite Recess Activity: Four Square

Emily Koos, MD

Hometown: Anaheim, CA
Undergraduate School: University of California Los Angeles
Medical School: University of California, Riverside School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Primary Care and Child Development
How I Thrive: I thrive with sleep, silliness, friendship, and a positive atmosphere. I also love spending time with my family and my two dogs, hiking, studying at coffee shops, and exploring LA. I love working with children and I am excited about my future in pediatrics.
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: The Fairly OddParents Favorite Recess Activity: Four Square

Bobby Vanmali, MD

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate School: University of California Los Angeles
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Clinical Interests: NICU and Nursery
How I Thrive: I thrive with meditation and yoga. I also love to garden, cook, bake, play with dogs, and travel.
About Me: Favorite Childhood Cartoon: Pengu Favorite Recess Activity: Tetherball and Kickball

PGY-2

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-3

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

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, 2 are in fellowship (Community Medicine at KP Fontana, Peds Hem/Onc at UCSF Children’s Hospital, Oakland, CA) four are in general pediatrics.