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 2021

Mac Chamberlin

Hometown:  St. Louis
High School:  Parkway North High (the great purple vikings)
Undergraduate School:  Washington University in St. Louis (Go Bears!)
College Major:  Chemical Engineering
Medical School: Northwestern University 
Interests / Hobbies:  Trail running, hiking, surfing, kite surfing, guitar, yoga, slack lining, meditation, eating good food, meeting good people

5 Year Plan: Love residency, embrace some Oakland outdoor hobbies, have a small veggie garden

Alexandra Hill

Hometown:  Dallas, Texas
High School:  Ursuline Academy of Dallas
Undergraduate School:  Southern Methodist University
College Majors:  Electrical Engineering & International Studies

Graduate School: The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland

Graduate School Degree: Master in Development Studies 
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: International development, peacebuilding, social justice, medical ethics; traveling the world, marveling at nature while hiking/kayaking/cycling, conversing with interesting strangers on buses and trains, learning new languages, meandering through cities, gluten-free culinary adventures, and nerding out with science fiction books/movies/shows

5 Year Plan: To retain my passion, curiosity, and sense of wonder throughout residency. To become an excellent EM doctor who advocates for, and partners with, her patients. To explore the Bay Area, befriend inspiring people, and go on many adventures. To find a way to combine my different academic and personal interests into a career.

Brian Kwan

Hometown: Chevy Chase, MD (by way of Los Angeles, CA)

High School: Richard Montgomery High School

Undergraduate School: Stanford University

College Major: Chemistry

Graduate School: Caltech

Graduate Degree: MS,Chemistry 

Medical School: Alpert Medical School / Brown University 

Interests / Hobbies: Homebrewing (beer, port, wine, mead, and sake), backpacking/canyoneering, running, travel, educational technology, and serving as my cat’s Food Delivery Unit.

5 Year Plan: To revel in returning to civilization in California after four years of East Coast exile; to put as large a dent as possible in my utter lack of knowledge of, and experience with, medicine amidst learning how to be an ER doc; and to serve the citizens of the City of Oakland and Alameda County -- all while encouraging my classmates to take the 

highest paying jobs they can find so that my Social Security will be funded. (Just kidding on that last point. Well, sorta.)

Sally Mahmoud

Hometown: Queens, New York
High School: Saint Louis Park High School
Undergraduate School: University of St. Thomas (it's in Minnesota.. not the Caribbean)
College Major: Neuroscience
Medical School: Johns Hopkins
Interests / Hobbies: spending time with family and friends, yoga sculpting (hot yoga + weights), cooking, baking, dancing salsa and bachata, hiking, traveling

5 Year Plan: Be a happy, humble, compassionate doc, stay grounded, have fun, combine my interests in teaching, social justice and medicine, find a community, maintain relationships with family/old friends, stay in shape physically and mentally.

Owen McBride

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
High School: St. Ignatius
Undergraduate School: San Diego State University
College Major: Kinesiology/Athletic Training
Medical School: UCLA
Interests / Hobbies: Photography, Hiking, Camping, Country Music, Running (Slowly), Eating (Quickly), Giants Baseball

5 Year Plan: Maintain humility and compassion while becoming an excellent ER doc, educate, advocate, See some beautiful places, Make some lifelong friends, take some epic photos

Malena Outhay

Hometown:  Alma, AR
High School:  Alma High School
Undergraduate School:  Hendrix College
College Major:  Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Medical School: Vanderbilt
Interests / Hobbies:  Health systems strengthening, capacity building, palliative care / Cooking (but really, eating), globe-trotting, laughing, fried chicken, adventures, hiking, having an outrageous amount of fun with family and friends.

5 Year Plan: Compassionate and competent badassery (the Highland way). Travel somewhere new every year. Share great meals with friends and family.

Sylvia Pina Paz

Hometown: Guanajuato Mexico & San Jose CA
High School:  Overfelt High School
Undergraduate School: UC Santa Cruz
College Major:  Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Medical School: University of California Irvine
Interests / Hobbies: Traveling, learning new cultures, baking, cooking, dancing, yoga, hiking
5 Year Plan: become an awesome ED doc, spend quality time with loved ones, get a puppy, do more reading, and to explore the world :)

Max Sobrero

Hometown:  San Lorenzo, Argentina

High School: Mission Viejo High School

Undergraduate School: New York University

College Major:  Neuroscience

Medical School:  Icahn School of Medicine at Mount

Interests / Hobbies: Soccer, travel, bike rides, hiking, winning at board games, fishing, reading good books.

5 Year Plan:  Learn emergency medicine the Highland way, watch Argentina live in a World Cup game, invent something cool, convince my girlfriend she does not need five cats. 

Chelsea Tafoya

Hometown: Kensington, CA

High School: St. Mary’s College High School

Undergraduate School: UC San Diego

College Major: Psychology

Graduate School: University of Michigan

Graduate Degree: MS in Clinical Research

Medical School: University of Michigan

Interests / Hobbies: Outdoorsy stuff, traveling to new places, tide pooling, late night donuts, jam making, playing Euchre and Settlers of Catan, home improvement projects, exploring the world with my husband and baby

5 Year Plan: Eat as much California produce as possible, enjoy the sunshine with my dog, learn emergency medicine from the best, make time for the important people in my life

Matt Tafoya

Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA

High School: Fountain Valley High School

Undergraduate School: UC Berkeley

College Major: Political Science

Graduate School: University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business

Graduate Degree: MBA

Medical School: University of Michigan

Interests / Hobbies: Binging on Netflix, gorging on desserts (preferably pie), smoking big hunks of meat, rehabilitating homes, playing with my dorky dog (he’s a Lab), adventuring far and wide, and hanging out with my family.

5 Year Plan: Learn how to simultaneously be a good husband, dad, son, friend, and doctor while having fun and living a peaceful life.

Angela White

Hometown: Groton, Massachusetts
High School: Notre Dame Academy, Tyngsboro
Undergraduate School: Dartmouth College
College Major: Government
Medical School: University of California, San Francisco
Interests / Hobbies: outdoor stuff - running on trails, roads, and track, hiking, traveling, snowboarding; indoor stuff - eating ice cream, taking naps, drinking wine

5 Year Plan: learn as much as I can about Emergency Medicine and life, while becoming a part of the Oakland community. Go on adventures near and far. Continue running. Make my family proud.

Marisa Zuluaga

Hometown:  Alhambra/Whittier/Queretaro,Mexico/Fullerton
High School:  Rosary High School
Undergraduate School:  UC Santa Cruz
College Major:  Neuroscience and Behavior, Classical Studies
Medical School:  University of Rochester 
Interests / Hobbies: NYT Crossword Puzzles, podcasts, cooking bomb Mexican food, eating dumplings and noodles of every size and shape, plant-growing and terrarium-making, hiking, listening to hip-hop and soul/funk/oldies
5 Year Plan: Explore the world with my partner, reconnect with friends/family after a long time away on the east coast, read and write more, immerse myself in learning the art of medicine from incredible master clinicians in the hope of becoming one myself someday (and pay it forward to other learners as best I can)

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