Maryam Dolatshahi, MD
College: UC Davis
Medical School: UC Davis
Areas of Interest: Adolescent Medicine, Psychiatry, Dermatology
I was born in Stockton, CA, but have spent the majority of my life in Davis, CA, where I did all my schooling from elementary school through medical school. In college I double majored in Physiology and French, but I enjoyed my French studies far more because they gave me exposure to theater, poetry, literature, linguistics, and music. I even taught French, but despite all of this, I have yet to visit France! In medical school, I co-directed a free clinic in Sacramento where I had the chance to not only take care of the local underserved populations, but also to mentor a group of undergraduate students. Teaching and mentoring have always been passions of mine, and I very much enjoy guiding students in their academic and professional careers. I’m thrilled to be at O’Connor because the residents, faculty, and staff are so kind and supportive, and they foster a very positive learning and work environment. I also speak Farsi and enjoy having Farsi speaking patients.
In my spare time I enjoy painting with acrylics on canvas, taking trips to Monterey and San Francisco to visit the beaches and the city, and spending time with my husband and family.
Fun Fact: I love birds and have a cockatiel and a conure.
Michelle Engle, MD
College: University of Virginia
Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Areas of Interest: Palliative Care, Integrative Medicine, Underserved Populations, Medical Education
I’ve been lovingly shaped by the many places I’ve lived: China, Virginia, Canada, and California. Not to mention all of the fun cities to which I’ve traveled! Volunteering and research in underserved communities in China and the U.S. helped show me that primary care was a basic need across the globe, and my desire to learn the common language to fulfill that need made family medicine the right choice for me. I am excited about O’Connor’s commitment to both the underserved (large MediCal population, FQHC) and medical education (OSLER program), and my husband is excited to finally be in Silicon Valley where people actually speak his language (Java, C++, etc.). The amazing people here foster a nurturing environment that feels at once stimulating and family-like.
Outside of the hospital, I love hanging out with fun people, wining & dining, dessert, music, and pre-contemplating what it takes to become an American Ninja Warrior.
Fun Fact: I can name 40 different grape varietals used to make wine.
Ashleigh Guilbeau, MD
College: Whittier College
Medical School: Pennsylvania State University
Areas of Interest: Women’s Health, Adolescent Medicine, Procedures
Originally hailing from NorCal, I completed my medical degree in Hershey, PA (where they make the chocolate) at Penn State College of Medicine. I am so happy that I no longer have to worry about snow tires and shoveling out my car to get to work! Before medical school, I had a few careers. I worked for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors doing public policy work. I taught K-2nd grade at a before-and-after school program, and also taught high school English for a while. I also attended law school for a year. After all that soul searching, I decided on medicine, and I’ve never looked back!
I chose O’Connor for a multitude of reasons. Throughout the interview season, it was very evident that the faculty and leadership are very approachable, genuine, and honest. Additionally, I wanted to train at a program that was community-hospital based, but also offers the academic connection to and support offered by a larger university. With my education background, our OSLER program was definitely a draw. Now that I am here, I could not be happier with my choice! Our attendings are awesome, and the O’Connor residency and hospital staff are extremely welcoming. My fellow residents come from a multitude of backgrounds, and I learn something new from them everyday.
Fun Fact: I love doing fun hip-hop aerobic classes, oil painting, DIY projects, and hanging out with my husband, our puppy, and our baby boy.
Angela Jiang, MD
College: Duke University
Medical School: University of Illinois
Areas of Interest: Adolescent Health, Medical Student Education, Underserved Populations, Women's Health
Before residency, I grew up in Indiana and then went to Duke, where I was a biology major and English minor. I then spent three years teaching 9th grade biology in Chicago with Teach for America. My experiences on the west side of Chicago drove me to work toward healthcare and educational equality. During medical school, I worked to encourage medical students to reach out to community high schools and educate adolescents about their health.
I picked O’Connor because of the motivated residents I met, the mission of the OSLER program, and everyone’s dedication to the underserved. I feel so fortunate that I was right and have found that the residents and faculty are also collaborative, supportive, and enjoy spending free time together! I’m so pleased my class has found time to have weekly activities together.
Fun Fact: In my free time I enjoy hiking the local trails with my husband, playing board games, watching Duke basketball and the Indianapolis Colts, trying to distinguish my palate at wineries, writing raps, and planning my next vacation.
Kay Saw, MD
College: San Francisco State University
Medical School: UC San Francisco
Areas of Interest: Underserved populations, International medicine
I was born and raised in Myanmar and immigrated to the U.S. in 1998. I received a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from San Francisco State University and went to UCSF for medical school. During college and a couple of years prior to medical school, I was involved in several different fields. I tutored at the Learning Assistance Center in SFSU and worked in a research lab while volunteering at an emergency department and a grassroots student-run free clinic. It was the latter which inspired me to pursue medicine and reinforced my passion to provide care for underserved communities. I am excited to continue my passion at O’Connor while caring for many patients from diverse cultures and backgrounds. O’Connor has been a truly amazing place for me. I love that it has a great nurturing, supportive, and friendly environment created by approachable faculty, residents, and staff. It makes all my hard work during my residency worthwhile.
Fun Fact: Aside from my love for O’Connor, I also enjoy traveling, sightseeing, eating great food, and spending time with my friends/family.
David Shin, MD
College: University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University
Areas of Interest: Sports Medicine
"From West Philadelphia, born and raised, on the playground was where I spent most of my days…."
Well, not born, but I was raised in Philadelphia for the better part of my life and decided that I was tired of the humidity and needed the sunny and dry warmth of California. I went to the University of Pennsylvania for college and then Jefferson Medical College for medical school. I grew up wanting to practice medicine; then in college I decided to be a writer until I realized that I am terrible at writing and decided that my talents and interests were better suited to both the sciences and people. I chose O’Connor because of the friendly residents and the dedicated and approachable faculty.
Fun Fact: In my free time I like to play basketball and golf, but now that I’m in NorCal, I have decided to pick up hiking and surfing to complete the California experience.
Takudzwa Shumba, MD, MPH
College: Yale University
Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine
Other Degrees: MPH from Yale University
Areas of Interest: Underserved Populations, Women's Health
I am originally from Zimbabwe and came to the U.S. for college. I have lived in both coasts but was lured into staying in the West Coast for longer! However, the African sunset always beckons.
Fun Fact: Goals for the remainder of residency are to run 12 (half) marathons in 12 months and to learn Polish.
Jennifer Tran, DO
College: UC Davis
Medical School: Touro University
Areas of Interest: Nutrition, Preventative Medicine Women's Health
I grew up in San Jose, so I’m thankful and happy to be back serving my community (although I never strayed too far from home during college or medical school!). Prior to starting college, I went on a humanitarian trip to SE Asia, where I built houses, dug wells and taught English in the poor countrysides. This trip ignited a passion for service, so I founded a non-profit organization called Project Red Balloon to change children’s lives through music. During medical school, I was granted an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and through this opportunity, I worked with the Asian-American Donor Program (AADP) to increase minority representation in the national bone marrow registry by targeting high school seniors to consider becoming donors when they turned 18 years old. I love O’Connor because of the down-to-earth faculty, supportive residents, and the mission to care for the underserved.
Fun Fact: I’ve hugged Justin Bieber (twice), and I love french fries.
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!
Nisha Jadhaw, MD
College: UC San Diego
Medical School: St. George's University
Areas of Interest: Medical Education, Preventative Medicine, Women's and Children's Health
I was born and raised in the South Bay and could not be more honored and excited to come back and serve my community.
O'Connor Hospital holds a very special place in my heart. When I was in undergrad and deciding what I wanted to do as a career, I shadowed some of the attendings at O'Connor. I was immediately drawn to the atmosphere and culture of the hospital and clinics. At first, I did not think I had what it took to become a doctor, but after years of shadowing, I fell in love with Family Medicine and knew I had to become a Family Physician. I went off to Grenada for medical school where I met the greatest friends I could have ever asked for, learned to live in a third world country, relaxed on the most beautiful beaches, and of course, studied my brains out. I feel that I've come full circle now as a resident in this program and cannot wait to continue my education here.
My interests outside of medicine include hiking, going to the beach, traveling, hanging out with my family and friends, listening to music, and binge watching Netflix shows.
Fun Fact: My favorite quote is, "It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - JK Rowling.
Eric Matsumoto, MD
College: Azusa Pacific University
Medical School: Loma Linda University
Areas of Interest: Underserved Populations, Spiritual Care, Adolescent Medicine
I grew up in the town of Morgan Hill, CA (or "Mo' Hill" as the locals say it), so coming back to the Bay Area to train and serve my home community is a huge blessing. My first exposure to medicine was volunteering as a translator for a nearby RotaCare clinic when I was in high school. In undergrad, I enjoyed leading service teams to Mexico and partnering with a local volunteer-run hospice, which further confirmed my desire to pursue medicine for underserved populations. In medical school, I fell in love with family medicine because of the ways it lined up with my passions for broad-spectrum training, whole person care, and at-risk populations.
My favorite aspects of the San Jose-O'Connor program are the amazing faculty, friendly residents, diverse and underserved patient population, and free food at the cafeteria!
My interests outside of medicine include piano, photography, tennis, running, and board games.
Fun Fact: I didn't buy a pair of jeans until I started medical school. I rocked khakis with no regrets.
Milt McColl, MD
College: Stanford University
Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine
I was raised in a “football / medicine family” in Southern California. My father was an orthopedic surgeon who played for the Chicago Bears for 8 years during medical school and residency. Throughout medical school I was also fortunate enough to play professional football as a starting linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers and earned two Super Bowl rings. After retiring from football, I chose to put my medical residency on hold and spent the next twenty plus years developing medical devices. During my career in business I never lost my passion for medicine and treating patients. I volunteered at a local primary care free clinic treating underserved, low income patients, many of whom were immigrants. Since my wife and I have now finished raising our four boys, I decided to “go back” and complete my residency. Eventually, I hope to work in a Federally Qualified Health Center or a non-profit clinic. Since I have experience volunteering as an international health care provider, I hope to spend a portion of my time in that capacity also.
O’Connor has been an incredible place for me to “re-enter” clinical medicine. It has an extremely positive environment and focuses not just on caring for patients but also on teaching. I feel very fortunate to be able to return to my passion and be a part of such a great place to learn medicine.
Fun Fact: About two years ago I started flying single engine planes and eventually earned my private pilot license. In my free time I enjoy flying, playing golf, hiking, biking, and most of all, watching my youngest son playing college baseball for Harvard (Go Crimson!)
Anh Tan, MD
College: Stanford University
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Other Degrees: MPH from Johns Hopkins University
Areas of Interest: Underserved Populations, Global Health, Public Health, Preventative Medicine
I was born and raised in Olympia, Washington, the daughter of Vietnamese refugees who instilled in me the importance of family, community, and education. At Stanford, I discovered the wonderful world of public health, and went on to work at several nonprofits to combat hepatitis B and other infectious diseases. After getting a public health masters from Johns Hopkins, I decided I wanted to be a clinician after all. I went to medical school to become a primary care physician and fell in love with Family Medicine.
O’Connor’s Family Medicine program is the residency of my dreams: a community-based, university-affiliated, unopposed program where the training is rigorous and the people are happy and down-to-earth. I love the amazing faculty and residents, nurturing environment, and exceptional quality of teaching. San Jose also happens to be one of my favorite cities —a diverse and vibrant community where I can serve people from all walks of life.
Fun Fact: I started a hip hop performance troupe in college called dv8.
Stephen Vogel, MD
College: Davidson College
Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Areas of Interest: Preventative Medicine, Health & Wellness, Sports Medicine
I'm a native of Sacramento who was lured back to California after a long stint in the South. I've always valued maintaining a wide range of interests, following a path that led me through an undergrad degree in music, a General Surgery intern year, and ultimately a happy realization that Family Medicine is where I belong!
Reasons I love the program: the camaraderie, the diversity of resident and faculty backgrounds and interests, and the ardent enthusiasm for teaching obvious each day among everyone.
My interests outside of medicine include all things cycling, keyboard instruments, road trips, and cooking as stress relief.
Fun Fact: I was in a humanities class with Steph Curry.
Lydia Wong, MD
College: UC Berkeley
Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
I was born in Hong Kong and moved to the Bay Area when I was 5. I found my passion for medicine during college while volunteering with various non-profit health organizations in local communities. While I loved gorging on Jenis ice cream and defrosting my car at unsavory hours during my time in the Midwest, my heart was always in California and I am delighted to be back here for my residency training!
I did a sub-I at OCH as a fourth year medical student and was completely sold by the high quality of teaching from both attendings and residents, the supportive nature of the residency family, and the intrinsically happy culture of the program. OCH is the perfect place for me and I couldn't be happier to have matched here.
My interests outside of medicine include planning future travels, going on food adventures, taking scenic hikes on sunny days, and enjoying that perfect cup of coffee.
Fun Fact: I am on a lifelong mission to find the best ice cream in the world.
Allison Xie, MD
College: Wellesley College
Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
My family moved from China to Hawaii about a decade ago, and while my parents remained on the sunny island, I ventured to the East coast for college and medical school. As a history major, I was particularly drawn to the development of humanism. In medical school, I gravitated toward family medicine because it is a specialty that best manifests the humanistic aspect of medicine. After four years in beautiful but freezing New Hampshire, I am very glad to be back in warm weather again.
I chose O'Connor because of the rigorous curriculum, diverse patient population, supportive faculty and residents, and the wonderful sense of community. I feel so fortunate to be part of this family and look forward to learning from everyone in the next few years!
Fun Fact: I enjoy cooking, board games, ballroom dancing, and flipping through old historical manuscripts for funny quotes (malleus maleficarum has some great ones).
Chris Bernardi, DO (Western University of Health Sciences COMP) - Palo Alto Medical Foundation (Sutter Health), Scotts Valley
Isabel Edge, MD (University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine) - anticipated graduation September 2016
Valerie Halls, MD (Boston University School of Medicine) - Obstetrics Fellowship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Arbella Malik, MD (University of California, Davis School of Medicine) - Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco
Diana Mokaya, MD (University of PIttsburgh School of Medicine) - Ravenswood Family Health Center, East Palo Alto
Tamara Montacute, MD (Stanford University School of Medicine) - Clinical Instructor, Family Medicine, Stanford University
Rachel Sussman, MD (Stanford University School of Medicine) - Addiction Medicine Fellowship, Stanford University
Valerie Teng, MD (University of California Irvine School of Medicine) - Clinical Instructor, Family Medicine, Stanford University