We are excited to welcome the following residents to our Class of 2015 Family Medicine Residency Training Program!
Brandon Brown, M.D.
University of Texas, Medical School at Houston
A Houston, Texas native, Brandon earned his bachelor’s degree in neurobiology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2006 before earning a PhD in neuroscience and a medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 2014. His professional interests in medicine include infectious diseases and point-of-care medical devices. After completing his residency, Brandon would like to work as a primary care provider in San Diego, in addition to partnering with international organizations that help expand health care access in developing countries. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys soccer, snowboarding and skydiving.
Stephanie Constantino, M.D.
University of Washington School of Medicine
The daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Stephanie lived on the East Coast for much of her childhood before moving to Washington. She earned a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology from the University of Washington in 2007 and completed her medical school training at the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she earned the school’s Community Service Award. Her medical interests include geriatrics, adolescent health and working with LGBT and homeless patients. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family, including her dog and toddler, as well as crafting and cheering on the Golden State Warriors.
Jie Liu, M.D.
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Jie grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she earned dual bachelor’s degrees in economics and organizational studies from the University of Michigan in 2004. In 2006, she earned a master’s degree in public health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and later earned her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. Her interests in medicine include global and domestic public health issues, integrative medicine and obesity management. In her spare time, Jie enjoys sailing, traveling and photography.
Aichel Nateras, M.D.
Autonomous University of Baja California
Born and raised in Ensenada, Mexico, Aichel earned her medical degree from Autonomous University of Baja California, located in Tijuana. Her medical interests include geriatrics, internal medicine and infectious diseases, particularly HIV. After completing her residency, Aichel would like to pursue a fellowship in geriatrics or infectious medicine to assist in areas where she can utilize her bicultural and bilingual skills. Camping, traveling to California beaches and cooking are among the activities that Aichel enjoys doing in her free time.
Harris Niazi, M.D.
Howard University College of Medicine
A native of Queens, New York, Harris earned his bachelor’s degree in 2010 from New York University and was bestowed the Founders Day Award as a top-ranking baccalaureate candidate. In 2015, he earned his medical degree from the Howard University College of Medicine. Emergency medical care and substance abuse are among his medical interests. After completing his residency, Harris would like to continue working with the underserved. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, spending time with family and friends and being involved with Afghan-American politics.
Amber Ortega, M.D.
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Amber graduated from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology with a bachelor’s degree in biology and another in psychology before completing her medical training at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Her career interests in health care include OB/GYN, geriatrics, dermatology and preventative care. After completing her residency, Amber would like to work as a primary care provider in an underserved community. In her spare time, she likes reading, hiking, cooking and going to the beach.
Jorge Mota, M.D.
Centro de Estudios Universitarios Xochicalco, Escuela de Medicina
A San Diego native, Jorge studied biology at the University of California, San Diego as an undergraduate before completing medical school at Xochicalco University in Tijuana, Mexico, where he gained extensive experience working with underserved communities. While there, he witnessed first-hand the common health issues related to poor socioeconomic conditions and volunteered his time providing free health care to undocumented immigrants. His medical interests include family medicine, particularly chronic disease management and outpatient surgical procedures. Jorge feels blssed to have the opportunity to complete his residency in San Diego and give back to his hometown. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, watching movies and spending time with his family.
Nathan Singh, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
Nate graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, where he completed his internship as a surgical preliminary resident. At UCSF, Nate was a PROF-PATH Research Fellowship with the Orthopedic Trauma Institute at San Francisco General Hospital in which he conducted original research in osteoarthritis, traumatic knee injuries and cartilage health. During high school, he participated in an innovative pilot program through UCSF-Fresno, called the Doctor’s Academy, designed to train students for a career in medicine with an emphasis in serving poor and medically underserved communities. He attended Point Loma Nazarene University here in San Diego, where he conducted microbiology research on antibiotic resistance patterns. He is active in his church community and is passionate about serving our patient population in San Diego. His career interests include sports medicine, injury prevention, academic family medicine, mentoring and community medicine. In his spare time, Nate enjoys basketball, hiking, beach volleyball, biking and adventures with his friends and family.
Sarah Rojas, M.D.
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Sarah graduated from the University of California, San Diego, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in human biology and literature. She later graduated from the UCSD School of Medicine as a PRIME-Health Equities student and completed her master’s degree in advanced studies in clinical research with an emphasis in global health and health leadership. As a medical student, she founded the School of Medicine Mentorship Program, which linked medical students with disadvantaged undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in medicine. In addition, she was selected to be a member of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Humanism Honor Society and received the prestigious National Institute of Health Fogarty Global Health Fellowship, where she conducted original research on HIV prevalence in Tijuana, Mexico. Her medical interests include women’s health, obstetrics, HIV and addiction medicine. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with her family and two dogs.
Najwan Al Ani, M.D.
University of Baghdad College of Medicine
Najwan graduated from the University of Baghdad College of Medicine. Upon graduating, she helped victims affected by the Iraq War and led vaccination campaigns for children and young adults on behalf of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society. Prior to residency, Najwan acted as a health care tutor for refugees and as a medical interpreter for the international patient program at University of California, San Diego. Her medical interests include family medicine, community medicine and OB/GYN. In her spare time, Najwan enjoys walking, shopping and barbecuing with friends.
Raman S. Dhillon, M.D.
Ross University School of Medicine
Raman graduated from Ross University School of Medicine. He was an accomplished athlete in high school and continued his athletic career at the University of California, Los Angeles as a walk-on track and field hurdler. After graduating from UCLA, Raman worked as a community advocate at the South Asian Network in Artesia, California, and was integral in aiding community members in areas of health care, domestic violence and hate crimes. His medical interests include sports medicine, urgent care and pediatrics. In his spare time, Raman enjoys DJing, hiking, camping and spending time with his family.
Wes Zahler, D.O.
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Wes graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He also has an MBA in healthcare from Rockhurst University. After medical school, he completed aerospace medical officer training and served as a flight surgeon for the United States Navy. He continues to serve his country as a Navy reservist. He is currently pursuing his AAHIVM certification. His medical interests include men’s health, HIV Medicine, hospital medicine and wireless health. In his spare time, Wes trains for triathlons and enjoys traveling with friends.