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Class of 2020

Rylee Scott, M.D.
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Originally from San Jose, Rylee moved to San Diego in 2006 where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California, San Diego. His health care interests include working with underserved communities, patient education, chronic disease management and diabetes. In his free time, he enjoys exploring new parts of San Diego with his wife Mary, reading science fiction and playing board games.

 

 

 

 


Lagina Rashell Scott, M.D.
UCLA/ Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Born and raised in San Diego, Lagina graduated from San Diego State University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. In 2017, she earned her doctor or medicine degree from David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Her professional interests include community medicine and adolescent medicine with a focus on helping youth, homeless and low-income populations. She was involved in Partners for Progress, a mentorship program for high school students interested in medical careers, the Association of Black Woman Physicians, the Black Student Science Organization at SDSU, as well as various community health fairs and homeless clinics throughout medical school. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, ziplining and kayaking and more importantly spending time with her friends and family for cheer events, sporting events, family vacations and birthdays.

 

 

 


Deborah Lee, D.O.
Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine
Deborah was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Taiwan though she considers Encinitas home. She received her bachelor’s degree in molecular cell biology with emphasis in neurobiology with a minor in Japanese. Her professional interests in medicine include geriatrics, end-of-life care, and community medicine. In her free time, Deborah enjoys all forms of exercise including tennis, yoga, hiking, and strength training. She enjoys cooking, listening to music, reading, and playing the piano and cello.

 

 

 

 


Austin Mandoyan, M.D.
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Austin is originally from Santa Barbara but spent most of his life in Los Angeles. He earned dual bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and biology and later earned his MD from the University of California, San Diego. Prior to medical school, he was awarded the St. Francis CCE Exemplary Service Award, the St. Francis CCE Honorable Dedication Award, the Howard A. Schneiderman Prize for Neurobiology Research, and is a multiple recipient of UC Irvine’s Sports Medicine Athletic Service Award. After his residency, he plans to attend a Sports Medicine fellowship and return to underserved communities to work with and care for local competitive athletes of all ages. In his spare time he enjoys playing and watching sports, especially soccer and football and if there are no games to be watched, he likes going to the movies to watch the latest action films.

 

 

 


Kevin Wang, M.D.
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

Kevin is originally from Arcadia where he earned his bachelor of science degree in molecular biology. Later he attended Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California where he received his doctor of medicine degree. His professional interests include socially and politically conscious medicine. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys food and cooking, attending music festivals and concerts, hiking, nature and camping, as well as traveling to new places.

 


Tricia Valenzuela, M.D.
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Though she is originally from Sacramento, Tricia moved to Santa Barbara to attend the University of California, Santa Barbara where she earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology with a minor in Spanish. Later still, she moved to San Diego to attend University of California, San Diego where she earned her degree in medicine. Her health care interests include substance abuse and mental health, working with fostered youth, and women’s health. In her spare time, Tricia cares for her family and her little girl and enjoys seeing all the National Parks and backpacking. She also likes sewing, gardening, and other DIY projects.

 

 


Class of 2019

Diane Dy, M.D.
University of Washington School of Medicine
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Diane earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological sciences from the University of California, San Diego in 2009. In 2016, she earned a degree in medicine from the University of Washington School of Medicine.  She is a member of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Humanism Honor Society and earned the Community Service Award while at the University of Washington. Her health care interests include working with homeless youth, geriatrics and infectious disease/HIV care. In her spare time, Diane enjoys spending time with family, playing the piano and dancing.

 

 


Meghann Martelly, M.D.
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Originally from Oahu, Hawaii, Meghann graduated from Boston University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. In 2016, she earned her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. While there, she was inducted into the Gold Foundation’s Humanism Honor Society. Her professional interests include community and women’s health issues. In her spare time, Meghann enjoys paddling, hiking, karaoke and baking bread.

 

 

 


Sarah Matthews, M.D.
Jefferson Medical College
Sarah was born in Washington and traveled the country with her parents before settling in Delaware, where she completed dual degrees in physics and neuroscience at the University of Delaware in 2012. She earned her MD from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she worked with refugees and other underserved populations. Her medical interests include refugee health, LGBTQ care and mental health. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys running, traveling, spending time in nature and playing with her dog, Maverick.

 

 

 


Priscilla Campos, M.D.
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
A native of Southern California, Priscilla earned her bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and earned her medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.  She is a National Health Service Corps scholar and includes family medicine, geriatrics and integrative medicine among her career interests.  In her spare time, Priscilla enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.

 

 

 


Phillip So, M.D.
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Though his family is originally from Hong Kong, Phillip grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University in 2009. He later earned a master’s degree in public health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, located in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2016, he earned his MD from the Wayne State University School of Medicine. His career interests include promoting family medicine and health education in communities, as well as health care advocacy. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, as well as hip hop and break dancing.

 

 


Sheeren Masifi, M.D.
Drexel University College of Medicine
Sheeren earned a bachelor of science degree in biology, with a concentration in ecology, from the University of California, San Diego in 2009. After graduating, she worked for the California Department of Public Health, where she helped gather officials from border states to discuss gaps in health research and policy.  In 2016, Sheeren earned her MD from the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

 


Class of 2018

Brandon Brown, M.D.
University of Texas, Medical School at Houston
Brandon BrownA 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
Stephanie ConstantinoThe 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 LGBTQ 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 LiuJie 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
Aichel NaterasBorn 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
DSC_0648_WebA 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
Amber OrtegaOriginally 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.

 

 

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