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Internal Medicine Residents

3rd Year Residents

Anna Arakelyan, MD

Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Medical school: Ross University School of Medicine
Education: University of California, Irvine, BA in Sociology
Hobbies: Dancing, baking and traveling.
Language(s) spoken: English, Armenian and Russian.
Personal accomplishments: First physician in the family. Mother of 2 toddlers. Nobel prize winner in ballet dancing.

Catherine Dufour, MD

Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Medical school: University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA. Education: University of California, Davis, BS Biology.
Education: University of California, Davis, BS Biology, September 2010.
Hobbies: Making jewelry, playing board games, going to the dog park, and wind surfing.
Language(s) spoken: English.
Personal accomplishments: Finalist in Grad Slam, a Ted Talk-like speaking competition for graduate students. Traveled to 45 out of 50 states. Former summer camp director.

Syed Mubashir “Moby” Husain, MBBS

Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan
Medical school: Ziauddin Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan.
Hobbies: Sports including basketball, volleyball, cricket, squash, dancing, beatboxing and video gaming.
Language(s) spoken: English, Urdu, and Hindi.
Personal accomplishments: Placed 2nd in Pakistan for high jump. Received the Compassionate Award at Ball Hospital. Came in 1st place in Call of Duty Warzone.

Raahil Kajani, MD

Birthplace: Northridge, CA
Medical school: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL. Education: Yale University, BA Mathematics & Philosophy.
Education: Yale University, BA Mathematics & Philosophy, May 2013.
Hobbies: I love to travel and I’ve been lucky enough to visit over 30 countries across 6 continents. In my free time, I like to exercise, spend time with my family and my dog Tiger, and watch the Lakers play basketball.
Language(s) spoken: English.
Personal accomplishments: I was a Raymond Nester Sweeney Academic Scholar in medical school, offered to the top 10 admitted students at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. I’ve published two papers in medical journals. I’ve created two medical devices, the IsoSleeve and the FloPro. The FloPro won the Globe Award in the Health Systems & Assisted Living category at UIC’s 28th annual Engineering Expo.

Anna Melkonyan, DO

Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Osteopathic medical school: Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, CA.
Education: University of California, Irvine, BS Biological Sciences, June 2013
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, traveling, trying new foods, finding new places, concerts, hiking, playing with dogs, and binge- watching good shows.
Language(s) spoken: English and Armenian.
Personal accomplishments: First physician in family. Swam with sea turtles. Great luck meeting favorite musical artists!

Jennifer Oster, DO

Birthplace: Santa Monica, CA
Osteopathic medical school: A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, Mesa, AZ. Education: La Sierra University, BS Biology.
Education: La Sierra University, BS Biology, June 2006.
Hobbies: Traveling, practicing culinary medicine, watching baseball, and visiting museums.
Language(s) spoken: English and Spanish.
Personal accomplishments: Received the Student Distinguished Service Award from the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association. Drove an Indy- style race car. Member of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health.

Dominik Thomas, MD

Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany
Medical school: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. Education: Baylor University, BS Biology.
Education: Baylor University, BS Biology, May 2014.
Hobbies: Cycling, mountain biking, tennis, hiking and eating.
Language(s) spoken: English, basic Spanish and basic German.
Personal accomplishments: I won the first-place trophy in middle school regional cello competition. I have had 4 different state issued driver licenses in 3 years. I’ve successfully skied down a double black diamond slope, once.

2nd Year Residents

Thien-Kim Co, DO

Birthplace: Harford, MD
Osteopathic medical school: Touro University, California, Vallejo, CA. Education: University of California, Irvine, BS Biological Sciences.
Education: University of California, Irvine, BS Biological Sciences, June 2014.
Hobbies: Health, fitness, cooking, baking, and listening to true crime podcasts.
Language(s) spoken: English and Vietnamese.
Personal accomplishments: Started a family in medical school, successfully couples matched with my partner in Southern California (one big happy family), becoming a facilitator for discussions regarding personal biases and developing cultural awareness in medicine.

Argin Haritounian, DO

Birthplace: Glendale, CA
Osteopathic medical school: Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA, May 2020.
Education: California State University of Northridge, BA Biology, May 2015.
Hobbies: Hiking, playing guitar, reading books and traveling.
Language(s) spoken: English, Armenian, and Farsi.
Personal accomplishments: I’m the CEO and owner of Veloni Beauty; I made all organic and natural hair growth, beard growth, eyebrow and eyelash serums. During my first year of medical school, I traveled to China to learn about Eastern Medicine such as Moxibustion, acupuncture, cupping, and herbal treatment, and visited the Great Wall of China; which was amazing. I make the best banana bread.

Angelo Jimenez, MD

Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Medical school: Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, CA.
Education: University of California, San Diego, BS Biochemistry & Cell Biology.
Hobbies: Playing guitar, longboarding, video games, social justice and patient advocacy, going to the beach, music festivals, and trying new restaurants.
Language(s) spoken: English and Spanish.
Personal accomplishments: First generation college graduate and first in my family to become a physician, multi-instrumentalist, and I’ve been published in a literary journal.

Hovhannes Kurghinyan, MD

Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia
Medical school: Ross University School of Medicine
Education: Chapman University, Orange, CA, Health Science
Hobbies: Love camping, playing tennis and professional go-karting.
Language(s) spoken: English, Armenian, Russian, and Spanish.
Personal accomplishments: Gold medalist in pro go-karting. Performed piano concerto at the age of 9. Survived 1.5 years on Dominica island with limited living resources.

Xue Lei “Shelley” Lai, DO

Birthplace: Guangzhou, China
Osteopathic medical school: Touro University California, Vallejo, CA.
Education: University of California, Santa Barbara, BS Biochemistry-Molecular Biology and Tulane University School of Medicine, MS Human Genetics.
Hobbies: Encouraging my couch potato dog to exercise, cooking, baking, and sustainable living.
Language(s) spoken: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Basic Hakka.
Personal accomplishments: I can bake pretty tasty challah and Brazilian cheese bread from scratch! I am the first physician in my family. I have studied in 3 different countries (US, Taiwan, and England).

Kevin Tai, DO

Birthplace: Queens, NY
Osteopathic medical school: Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, CA.
Education: Cornell University, BA Human Biology, Health & Society, May 2013.
Hobbies: Learning about nutrition and fitness, bouldering, basketball, tennis, and camping.
Language(s) spoken: English, Cantonese.
Personal accomplishments: I drove from NY to CA with my dad in under 3 days, which I will never voluntarily do again. Worked as a supervisor at a Pathology Lab. I bouldered a 20+ foot wall in Red Rock Canyon, NV.

Fadi Tahhan, DO

Birthplace: San Bernardino, CA
Osteopathic medical school: Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lynchburg, VA.
Education: University of California, Irvine, BS Biology.
Hobbies: Going to the beach, hiking, boating, gardening, spending time with friends.
Language(s) spoken: English, Arabic, and Spanish.
Personal accomplishments: Went on a medical mission trip to Honduras during medical school. I started my own tutoring business. I set up a community garden.

1st Year residency

Brian Bui, DO

Birthplace: Orange, CA
Osteopathic medical school: Western University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, CA.
Education: California State University, Fullerton, BA in Women and Gender Studies and BS in Biological Sciences
Hobbies: Weightlifting, video games, and traveling.
Language(s) spoken: English.
Personal accomplishments: Physical Fitness Laureate in high school. Double major in women and gender studies and biological sciences. Purchased and resold enough graphic cards to fully purchase components for a brand new computer.

Brandon Huynh, DO

Birthplace: Fountain Valley, CA
Osteopathic medical school: Western University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, CA.
Education: University of California, Riverside, BS in Biology.
Hobbies: Powerlifting, tennis, snowboarding, Broadway musicals, and spending time with my wife, family, friends, and dog Kiki.
Language(s) spoken: English, basic Spanish and basic Vietnamese.
Personal accomplishments: Married my high school sweetheart. Placed first in several powerlifting meets. Traveled to Japan during medical school to see the cherry blossoms and to eat delicious food.

Frank Ma, MD

Birthplace: San Francisco, CA
Osteopathic medical school: California Northstate University College of Medicine, Elk Grove, CA.
Education: University of California, Merced, BS Human Biology
Hobbies: Puzzles, video games, basketball, traveling, outdoor activities and arts/crafts.
Language(s) spoken: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese, and basic French.
Personal accomplishments: Flew an airplane, solved a Rubik’s cube in under 10 seconds and visited an active volcano.

Rafik Mughnetsyan, DO

Birthplace: Gyumri, Armenia
Osteopathic medical school: Western University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, CA.
Education: University of California, Irvine, CA, BS in Chemistry and Biology
Hobbies: Hiking, playing and watching soccer, landscape and portrait photography, collecting vinyl records, and going to the beach.
Language(s) spoken: English, Armenian and Russian.
Personal accomplishments: First physician in my family. Armenian American Medical Society Scholarship Award Winner for community involvement and academic accomplishments. Did a national parks road trip with my dad during medical school.

Sany Rajagukguk, MD

Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
Medical school: Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Education: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, PhD in Biochemistry. La Sierra University, Riverside, CA MBA.
Hobbies: Hiking, gaming, going to the movies, auto mechanic work, fixing things around the house.
Language(s) spoken: English and Indonesian.
Personal accomplishments: First person in my family to become a physician. Drove from Mississippi to California without rest, stopping only for gas and tornado (briefly lifted my Honda Civic). Have 12 peer-reviewed publications and 12 abstracts for various conference presentations.

Pardis A. Saffari, DO

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Osteopathic medical school: Western University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, CA.
Education: San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA Medical Sciences. University of California, Davis BS Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior.
Hobbies: Practice Barre, cooking and spending time with family.
Language(s) spoken: English and Farsi.
Personal accomplishments: First to be a doctor in my family. I make handmade jewelry. Planned my wedding in 3 months.

INTERNAL MEDICINE PRELIM

Raya Aliakbar, DO

Birthplace: San Francisco, CA
Osteopathic medical school: Touro University Nevada, Henderson, NV
Education: University of California, Davis, BS Neurobiology and Physiology, and Behavior. University of California, Davis, MPH Public Health.
Hobbies: Climbing, hiking, attempting Persian dishes, traveling, hanging out with my dog, spending time with family and biking.
Language(s) spoken: English, Farsi and French.
Personal accomplishments: I can ride my bike with no handlebars. I’ve killed all the plants I’ve ever owned. I once fell asleep while taking a break paddle boarding on a lake, drifted off a mile and managed to paddle back before the sunset!

Rachel Shireen Golpanian, MD

Birthplace: New York City, NY
Medical school: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Education: New York University, New York, NY, BA in Sociology
Hobbies: I enjoy listening to music and going to concerts, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.
Language(s) spoken: English, Farsi and Hebrew.
Personal accomplishments: Created and recorded several original pieces of music. Graduated with Research Distinction from medical school. Can cook up a mean Persian stew.

Kyla Price, MD

Birthplace: Aurora, IL
Medical school: University of Illinois, College of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Education: Northwestern University, BS in Human Communication Sciences.
Hobbies: Exploring new restaurants, traveling, travel planning, cooking, hiking, and rollerblading.
Language(s) spoken: English and Intermediate Spanish.
Personal accomplishments: Published over 30 publications, learned how to make some of my favorite fast food dishes during quarantine, and recently received my first Yelp Elite badge.

Huailin “Michael” Zhang, MD

Birthplace: Nanjing, China
Medical school: David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
Education: Davidson College, BS Psychology.
Hobbies: Trying new restaurants, traveling, hiking and movies.
Language(s) spoken: English, Mandarin and Chinese.
Personal accomplishments: First physician in the family. Published articles in fields of addiction and neuroimaging. Played in a band in high school and college.