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 2023

Simisola Alalade

Hometown: Chicago/C.C.Hills, IL
High School: Rich Central
Undergraduate School: Emory University
College Majors:  Anthropology and Human Biology
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Interests / Hobbies: journaling, anime/manga, thrifting, trying ramen in new cities, concerts, science fiction novels, volleyball, mentorship, social justice, women’s health, wellness

5 Year Plan: develop into a thoughtful and confident EM physician to patients across the globe, meet many new folks and learn from them, give back to the community, support my family and friends, experience joy, and remain open to wherever the universe takes me (Hellooo Cali!)

Tara Benesch

Hometown: Washington D.C. metro area 
High School: Thomas Jefferson
Undergraduate School: Washington University in St. Louis 
College Majors: Psychology
Graduate School: UCSF-UC Berkeley Joint Medical Program (JMP) 

Graduate School Degree: M.S. in Health and Medical Sciences 
Medical School: UCSF
Interests / Hobbies: being outside, lifting heavy things (sometimes for prizes), learning about new places and people, cooking, singing in my car and dancing in the kitchen 
5 Year Plan: Be a humble, competent, and compassionate doctor who spreads joy and works with others to fight inequities. Finish a library book before I have to return it. Eat a lot of ice cream. 

Jeremiah Cross

Hometown: Baltimore, MD
High School: Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
Undergraduate School: Harvard University
College Majors: Psychology
Graduate School: Johns Hopkins University
Graduate School Degree: MS Education
Medical School: Yale School of Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: Social determinants of health, diversity in medicine, community-engaged research, photography, stargazing, podcasts, learning to cook, the planet fitness black card spa, long car rides featuring trap music and late 90s/early 00s r&b

5 Year Plan: Become a competent and compassionate EM doc, build community with my colleagues and the people of Oakland, be the best husband I can be, maintain gratitude and awe for life and my journey now and in the future

Amy Do-Nyguen

Hometown: Irvine, CA
High School: Irvine High
Undergraduate School: UCLA
College Majors: Biology, Evolutionary Medicine 
Graduate School: n/a
Graduate School Degree: n/a
Medical School: UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

Interests / Hobbies: global medicine, healthcare disparities, wilderness medicine, playing outside - rock climbing, running, backpacking, traveling, being healthy, pretending to be healthy, most pastries, ice cream...
5 Year Plan: Becoming an empathetic and effective doctor, learning to expand my impact in and out of the hospital, climb big rocks, run long trails, travel to far away places, and keep an easy smile 

Claire Hirschmann

Hometown: Seattle, WA
High School: Seattle Preparatory School
Undergraduate School: Yale University 
College Major: English
Graduate School: Harvard Graduate School of Education
Graduate School Degree: Masters in Education
Postbacc: Goucher College
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania
Interests/Hobbies: Outdoor adventuring (doing, planning); dystopian teen novels (reading, envisioning myself the heroine of); games (board, lawn); reproductive health (teaching, discussing, providing); color-coordinating (closets, phone apps); breakfast sandwiches (consuming), etymology (researching, misreading social cues and assuming others are also interested in).
5-Year Plan: Be proud of the doctor I've become, have a network of people who make me feel strong, learn a lot, teach a lot, say thank you.

Jamal Jefferson

Hometown:   Washington, DC
High School:   St. Albans School
Undergraduate School:   Williams College
College Majors:  Biology
Graduate School:  MBA from The Simon Business School
Medical School:  University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Interests / Hobbies: basketball, squash, hiking, running, and podcast on politics, history and economics
5 Year Plan: Continue to fill my mind with all medical knowledge to be a well train EM physician, fill my body with endorphins from exercise and good food (especially from my crockpot) , and fill my soul by being a caring and compassionate physician, partner and human-being 

Robert Kim

Hometown:   Westchester, NY
High School:   Byram Hills High School
Undergraduate School:   Washington University in St. Louis
College Majors:  Anthropology and Public Health
Medical School:  SUNY Downstate
Interests / Hobbies: searching for the best fried chicken, board-game nights, sun-bathing, thrift shopping, dancing wildly, social medicine, physician wellness, and LGBT health
5 Year Plan: learn to be a humble, thoughtful, compassionate, and competent EM doc and patient-advocate / create deep and loving roots within my partner, my family, my friends, and my work / be happy and joyful

Lexi Lambeck

Hometown:   Los Angeles, CA 

High School:   Chaminade High School

Undergraduate School:   UC Berkeley

College Major:  Cognitive Science

College Minor: Spanish Language

Medical School:  UC San Diego

Interests / Hobbies: Salsa dancing, backpacking, tea, mystery novels, cross-cultural literacy and humility

5 Year Plan: Become the kickass doctor I dream of being, learn a new language, plant a vegetable garden (and keep it alive)

Brian Lentz

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa   
High School: Iowa City West High School   
Undergraduate School: University of Southern California   
College Majors: Biological Sciences
Graduate School: University of Southern California   
Graduate School Degree: MS in Marine and Environmental Biology 
Medical School: Johns Hopkins
Interests / Hobbies: Biking, giving surf lessons, swimming, running, climbing, skiing, wishing I had a couple huskies and a cat, anything in/on/near the ocean, hiking/backpacking, periodically trying to improve my Spanish, coffee, hot sauce, cooking, medical education, wilderness medicine.
5 Year Plan: Adopt an animal, explore Oakland, learn as much as I can from the incredible people around me, spend time in the sun, be a good uncle, watch The Wire.

Virginia Tran

Name: Virginia Tran 

Hometown:   Boston, MA
High School:   Lynnfield High School
Undergraduate School:   Brown University
College Majors:  Cognitive Neuroscience
Medical School:  Harvard Medical School
Interests / Hobbies: Ukulele, board game nights, spicy street food, collecting ugly-cute things, international travel, human rights, global health, spending quality time with family and friends
5 Year Plan: Learn medicine, treat and care for people well, make my family proud

Octavio Viramontes

Hometown:  Earlimart, California
High School:   Delano High School
Undergraduate School:   Harvard College
College Majors:  Neurobiology
Medical School:  Harvard Medical School
Interests / Hobbies: running, tennis, swimming, soccer, hiking, reading, traveling, museum/art gallery hopping, journaling, and salsa dancing. 
5 Year Plan: To continue strengthening my ideals of providing compassionate and equitable healthcare to the people of Oakland and the Bay.  

Nadir Zaidi

Hometown: Carmel, Indiana
High School: Brebeuf Jesuit
Undergraduate School: Georgetown University
College Majors:  Biology
Graduate School: Loyola Marymount University
Graduate School Degree:  Masters in Urban Education
Medical School:  Weill Cornell Medical College
Interests / Hobbies: Basketball, reading fiction, dancing Bollywood and bhangra, scuba diving
5 Year Plan: Explore the Bay Area, travel, be a good husband/son/brother/friend, enjoy life, serve my patients, learn as much EM as possible

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