Julie Brichard, MD
College: Université de Lorraine Faculté de Médicine
Medical School: Université de Lorraine Faculté de Médicine
I was born in Bar-le-Duc, a small city in eastern France, and I went to medical school not far from there. One of my aspirations when I started medical school was to work in humanitarian medicine, and after completing my training in Family Medicine, I worked on malnutrition programs for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in several countries in Africa. I really enjoyed my work with MSF, and I could have lived and worked for several years between Africa and France. But while visiting San Francisco, I met my amazing husband. I fell in love with him, as well as California, and decided to move to this new continent.
For a couple of years I explored the West Coast, learned the art of motherhood with a little boy, and pursued research work on arboviruses at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute and Stanford. I’m really excited to be practicing medicine again, and I could not have dreamt about a better place than O’Connor: full-spectrum family medicine, fantastic faculty and supportive residents, and dedication to underserved communities.
Fun Fact: I love family movie nights, camping weekends, playing piano, and initiating my sons (now 2 of them!) to music and dancing.
Angela Chiang, MD
College: University of Maryland, College Park
Medical School: University of Maryland
Areas of Interest: Women’s Health, Behavioral Science, Preventative Medicine
My parents are Taiwanese, but I was born and raised in Maryland. In undergrad, I studied Psychology and spent a lot of time working in child development and public policy before deciding to become pre-med. I took a year off before starting medical school and worked in pain management research. In medical school, I didn't decide on Family Medicine until the end of 3rd year, when I realized I wanted to be able to see all ages and treat all ailments. Go FM!
In O’Connor’s family medicine program, I have found “my people” – ardent learners whose passion for underserved populations, full-spectrum family medicine, and medical education drives their daily practice. It is a privilege to be training among other like-minded physicians who are dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of our patients through evidence-based medicine and continuous quality improvement.
In what little free time I have as a resident, I enjoy being active through vinyasa yoga, hiking, and whatever crazy sport my husband pushes me try. For down time, I enjoy reading, baking sweet treats, people-watching, and wasting time on the internet looking at dogs.
Fun Fact: I lived in Maryland for my entire life until I moved here for intern orientation!
Neha Narula, MD
College: University of Michigan
Medical School: Wayne State University
Areas of Interest: Procedural Medicine, Sports Medicine, Preventative Medicine, Women's Health, Integrative Medicine
I was born in New Delhi, India, shortly after which I moved to the wonderful city of Ann Arbor (Michigan), where I spent the majority of my life! I had the great opportunity of attending the University of Michigan (GO BLUE!), where I studied Neuroscience and Asian Studies. I traveled a mere 30 miles to attend medical school in Detroit at Wayne State University. During my time at Wayne, I was torn between my love of primary care and passion for procedures, and therefore initially pursued a career in General Surgery. I had a great time learning surgery during my intern year, however, continuously strived for holistic care and continuity. I finally found my way back to primary care, and I couldn’t be happier!
When it came time to apply for residency, I knew I had to step out of the midwest, and explore the “West coast, best coast” rumors. I came to O’Connor in early December, and fell in love with the warm and welcoming faculty, staff, and residents. I loved that the curriculum provided wholesome training in a community setting, and also provided its residents with opportunities to care for the underserved, teach at Stanford, do research, and explore ways to bring innovation to primary care. Wherever my path takes me in the future, I know that the training and skills set I obtain here will be more than sufficient!
Fun Fact: Outside of the hospital, I can be found in child’s pose at a yoga studio, hiking at some state park, attempting a new recipe in my kitchen, taking golf swings at the local range, or perhaps you can watch me whip and nay nay on the dance floor.
Mark Owolabi, MD
College: East Carolina University
Medical School: Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Areas of Interest: Underserved Minority Health, Nutrition, Adolescent Medicine
I grew up in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. I was raised by immigrant parents who taught me the value of hard work and radical generosity. I became set on medicine as an undergrad at East Carolina University, where I witnessed the immense need for primary care doctors through time spent volunteering in rural communities in Eastern North Carolina.
I stayed at ECU for medical school where I held leadership roles in free clinics, studied cultural humility through voyages to Central America, and engaged at-risk youth through music & soccer camps. I fell in love with Family Medicine early on in my clinical rotations as I saw how family docs addressed the physical, emotional, and social needs of patients, in order to improve quality of life and prevent disease. I was attracted to O’Connor due to the full spectrum, rigorous academic atmosphere, diverse patient population, and fierce dedication to the undeserved.
Fun Fact: In the wild, I can be found riding my two-wheeled steed or composing a ditty.
Jeffrey Peng, MD
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Areas of Interest: Sports Medicine
I was born and raised in Cupertino, CA, went to undergrad at UCLA, worked in a research lab for two years at UCSF (where I met my beautiful wife!), went to medical school in Wisconsin, and now I’m FINALLY back home in the South Bay. I chose O’Connor because it is an unopposed program that provides residents with a well-rounded curriculum with plenty of opportunities to be involved in everything Family Medicine has to offer. All of the faculty are extremely supportive and are genuinely happy to be teaching and supporting residents. The residents at O’Connor are also some of the most friendly and down to earth people that I met on the interview trail.
In my spare time, I love to hang out with family and friends, play basketball at the gym and park, and cheer for my favorite teams – Warriors (!), Niners, SF Giants, and UCLA.
Fun Fact: I'm a huge Golden State Warriors Fan! Even when we didn't have 4 of the top 10-15 players in the NBA!
Nhat Pham, MD
College: UC San Diego
Medical School: UC San Diego
Other Degrees: MPH from UC San Diego
Areas of Interest: Preventative Medicine, Global Health, Public Health, Underserved Populations
My road to O’Connor had a few twists and turns. I have not always wanted to be a doctor. In fact, I thought seriously about becoming a computer programmer in college. However, after spending a lot of time in the computer lab, I realized I missed talking to people. Thus, I started down a different path that was (in my opinion) more challenging yet very rewarding. I had the chance to work with homeless veterans, help run a safety-net medical clinic, and organize preventive service fairs in my local community. These experiences have given me a deep appreciation for preventive medicine and prompted me to pursue my Master of Public Health. I hope that one day I will find an opportunity to apply what I learned to help my patients.
Coming to O’Connor for residency is special for me. San Jose was the first place I lived when I immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam, and I’m very glad to be back after 10 years in San Diego. Best of all, the program has everything I was looking for: a focus on underserved medicine, knowledgeable and supportive faculty, and a great tradition of mentorship among residents.
Fun Fact: I love to work on small electronic projects, go running or hiking, play soccer, and read books. I am also a big fan of outdoor activities and will definitely try to squeeze in as many camping trips as possible during residency.
Anthony Wang, MD
College: Cornell University
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Areas of Interest: Preventative Medicine, Sports Medicine, Adolescent Health, Underserved Populations
I was born and raised in Santa Clara County. I did my undergraduate studies in biology at Cornell University, and after 4 years in the cold, returned to San Jose for a gap year as a City Year AmeriCorps member teaching youth. Next I went to USC for medical school (Fight On!), where I met my beautiful wife, Lilliana. We managed to squeeze in a wedding halfway through my intern year!
During MS4, I did a sub-internship at O’Connor and knew it was the best place for me. Full-spectrum family medicine in an unopposed program, the perfect location in the Bay Area, the supportiveness of the faculty, the strength and passion of the residents, the diversity of the patient population, and the sense of family and community all drew me to O’Connor.
Fun Fact: I enjoy breakdancing, watching comedies, traveling, playing piano, learning languages, and hanging out with my beautiful family and Siberian Husky "Winter."
Lawrence Zieske, MD
College: Stanford University
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis
Areas of Interest: Sports Medicine, Underserved Populations, Obstetrics, Procedural Medicine
I grew up in Union City and stayed close to home for college (Stanford), where my major was Psychology. After graduating from college, I worked in mental health with children and adolescents in group homes and foster care. Fast forward 8 years (post bac plus med school plus research year), and I am back in the Bay Area! Family Medicine was an easy choice for me because of the commitment to underserved populations inherent to this specialty.
I love being at O'Connor because it is an unopposed program, meaning we are the only residents based at the hospital. Our faculty and consultants are excited to teach us and involve us in all treatment areas. The hospital also feeds us very well!
Fun Fact: I delivered 39 babies during my intern year!