Barry Simon, MD

Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Undergraduate School: Michigan State University
Medical School: Wayne State University
Graduate Education: Emergency Medicine Residency, Denver General Hospital
Professional Interests: Emergency Ultrasound, Airway, Wound Care
Interests / Hobbies: Hiking, camping, travel, reading, tech toys, family, hockey, dogs

Eric Snoey, MD

Vice-Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine. Director of GME

Hometown: Holland, MI
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan
Medical School: University of Michigan
Graduate Education: Emergency Medicine Residency, Harbor/UCLA
Professional Interests: International EM, Emergency Ultrasound, Cardiology
Interests / Hobbies: My kids, guitar, travel, tennis

Charlotte Page Wills, MD

Residency Director

Hometown: Waterford, CT
Undergraduate School: Bryn Mawr College
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Graduate Education: Emergency Medicine Residency, Highland General Hospital
Professional Interests: Medical Education, Student Advising, Pedatrics, EMS Education
Interests / Hobbies: Chasing and being chased by 3 small boys


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Class of 2019

Serene Chen

Hometown: Madison, WI. Moved around a whole lot; now most at home in Oakland
Undergraduate School: Harvard
Graduate School: Yale
Interests / Hobbies: Visual design. Health care (re)design, improving patient experience. Hiking above treeline. Riding in trucks. Setting up camp in deserts, bonfires on beaches...
Previous Lives: Health care policy researcher. Oil painter, cartoonist. Left marks on a-coupla posters, logos and t shirts here and there. 
5 Year Plan: Be good, fast, and nice in the emergency department. Exist with a sense of purpose. Get a dog. Stay insulin-sensitive through night shifts. 

Petrina Craine

Hometown: Memphis, TN

High School: Craigmont High

Undergraduate School: Duke University

College Major: Biology, Global Health

Graduate School: University of Tennessee

Interests /Hobbies: healthcare disparities, health systems strengthening, violence prevention, social justice, all things dance, hair shows, jetsetting, southern food, murder mysteries, earrings, trap music commentating/karoaking, celebrations with family and friends

Previous Lives: library assistant, community activist, choreographer, fossil cleaning assistant, EMT, public health researcher

5 Year Plan: Becoming an excellent physician and dedicating my skills to the underserved, striving for physical, mental, and spiritual harmony, performing in Carnavale, birthing mini-mes who will also eventually dance in Carnavale 

Brittany Dixon

Hometown: Chico, California
High School: Chico Senior High School 
Undergraduate School: University of California Santa Barbara
College Major: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology 
Graduate School: UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Graduate School Degree: MPH (Health Policy and Management)
Medical School: UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: Anything that goes fast– vacation, a Highland heart alert, spending time with people I love, naps, my aunt Nancy's famous persimmon cookies. 
Previous Lives: connoisseur of breakfast burritos, cleaner of bathrooms and break rooms, maker of sculptures, writer of policy, dreamer of green thumb.
5 Year Plan: Continue my quest to find the best breakfast burrito in the bay. Figure out a way to live under the canopy of Muir Woods. Become the best EM doc I can be. Grow a better tomato than Mantuani.  

Kevin Gardner

Chief Resident

Hometown: Homer, New York
High School: Homer High School
Undergraduate School: Cornell University
College Major: Neurobiology and Behavior
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania 
Interests / Hobbies: Hiking tall mountains, wilderness medicine, exploring the globe, running fast, playing soccer, and enjoying a good scotch.
Previous Lives: Electric fish researcher, fast food server extraordinaire, lacrosse player, medbullets consultant, Kaplan MCAT instructor, Picasso-like house painter.
5 Year Plan: Learn to become a great doctor and continue to find new ways to scare myself. 

Alexander Hoang

Hometown: Orange, CA (Home of the less famous story, Chadwick and the Semi-Large Orange)
High School: Troy High School
Undergraduate School: University of Southern California
College Major: Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Ancient Peruvian Rhythm and Blues
Medical School: UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: Chainsawing ice sculptures, puppy loving, going to the park and pretending I'm Iron Man, running on water 
5 Year Plan: I eventually plan to work as a practicing EM physician where I can occasionally have a full night's sleep, and use my free time to build a tree house in the wilderness where I will continue to alienate myself from everyone I know and love. :'(

Chad McCarthy

Hometown: Columbia, MD
High School: Wilde Lake
Undergraduate School: University of Maryland
College Major: Anthropology and Public Health
Graduate School: Johns Hopkins
Graduate School Degree: MA in Teaching
Medical School: Johns Hopkins
Interests / Hobbies: Soccer, pediatrics, the outdoors
Previous Lives: Sandwich artist, Pediatrician, bartender, elementary school teacher
5 Year Plan: Raise my daughter well, be a good husband, learn some EM the Highland way.

Kasebaoth Mekonnen

Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
High School: School of Tomorrow (Ethiopia), Quince Orchard High School
Undergraduate School: Maryland BC
College Major: International Health
Graduate School: Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Graduate School Degree: Tropical Medicine MSPH
Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: Soccer, DIY projects, reading, traveling, nature, art, laughing, and of course, chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool
Previous Lives: Only girl in a professional boys soccer team in Addis, lifeguard, various research and medical work internationally
5 Year Plan: Learn as much as I can, laugh as much as I can, travel and develop EM internationally as much as I can, and spend time with family... as much as I can.

Martha Montgomery

Hometown: San Mateo County
Undergraduate School: University of California Santa Cruz
College Major: Community Studies
Graduate School: UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Medical School: UC Berkeley- UCSF Joint Medical Program (PRIME-US)
Interests / Hobbies: enchiladas, olallieberry pie, running on dirt, movie dates, leisure reading, making coffee on the beach.
Previous Lives: natural food store employee, instructional assistant to multiply disabled kids, janitor, caterer, needle exchanger, street outreach worker, case manager, public health researcher, organic chemistry instructor.
5 Year Plan: Be good. Maintain the stoke. Summer in Bolinas.

Ashley Rider

Chief Resident

Hometown: Burlington, CT
High School: Farmington High
Undergraduate School: Muhlenberg Allentown, PA
College Major: Neuroscience 
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX
Interests / Hobbies: Fuzzy socks, Orbit bubble gum, quality time with old friends and new people, dancing, Mother Nature, hiking, road trips, live music, learning to cook/bake, sleeping in
Previous Lives: Mad chemistry teacher, ED vampire, frog surgeon, STD/HIV counselor, waitress and pro pizza box folder, ice cream sundae masterpiece-maker, Zumba instructor
5 Year Plan: Brighten the day of those around me, reach the patients that need it most, enjoy EM training with amazing co-residents, learn about life on the West Coast, never stop saying y'all 

Hannah Siroker

Hometown: Sarasota, FL
High School: Pine View
Undergraduate School: University of Florida
College Major: Biology
Graduate School: Stanford
Graduate School Degree: African Studies 
Medical School: UCSF
Interests / Hobbies: Hiking, watching too many trashy TV shows with my cats, surfing (in warm water), laying out (yes, I'm from Florida where that counts as an interest), gym rat, enjoying SF food
Previous Lives: Hostess, waitress, sandwich maker (basically one woman restaurant).
5 Year Plan: Dusting off my African studies degree 

Erica Valdovinos

Chief Resident

Hometown: Beaverton, Oregon 
High School: Southridge High School
Undergraduate School: UC Berkeley
College Major: English literature
Medical School: UCSF
Interests / Hobbies: Running to the beach, chocolate chip cookies, reading, sleeping, wine, bridge traffic, yoga, avocados, hiking, cooking for and with family and friends
Previous Lives: Barista, retirement home dining room server, soccer coach, check out clerk, public health consultant
5 Year Plan: Be a really good doctor, get a bicycle, live somewhere with more than one bedroom, see the lost coast, keep a garden alive

Jaspreet Vohra

Hometown: Livingston, CA
High School: Livingston High School 
Undergraduate School: UC Berkeley
College Major: Integrative Biology and Psychology 
Graduate School: UCSF
Interests / Hobbies: Wandering the globe, reading fiction, playing games with friends, keeping up with the latest movies/shows
Previous Lives: Math tutor, Listeria breeder, SF Chinatown free clinic coordinator, volleyball player, N64 super smash enthusiast 
5 Year Plan: Finish residency with a smile on my face and a mind full of knowledge! Should be a piece of cake ;)

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