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Residents' Interests

The UC Irvine School of Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine attracts the best and brightest residents from around the world.

Learn more about our residents in their own words:

Class of 2018 »

Class of 2018

Class of 2018 (left to right)

Jon Pena, MD
David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles
Interests: Snowboarding, weight lifting, cooking, craft beer brewing, golfing, basketball, eating, impulse buying, cars

John Patane, MD
UC Irvine
Interests: basketball, football, baseball, running, snowboarding, going to the beach, and watching my daughter destroy all things within her tiny reach. 

Robert Rowe, MD
UC Irvine school of medicine
Interests: Camping, cocktails, breakfast, amateur landscaping, turning my children into ninjas, dog training, hot tubs.

Jessica Hoffmann, MD
Creighton School of Medicine
Interests: Watching and playing most sports, traveling, spending time with my family & friends. 

Vy Han, MD
SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine
Interests: Cars, Competitive motorsports, mountain/road biking, basketball, food, family, friends

Kevin Koenig, MD
Medical college of Wisconsin
Interests: Playing sports, watching sports, UCLA sports. Outdoor stuff. Beaches. Mountains. Costco. Cat videos. Packers. Broncos. And Froyo

Siri Shastry, MD
Mount Sinai 
Interests: Traveling, food, binge-watching TV, reading, beer tasting, spending time with my husband 

Reid Honda, MD
University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine
Interests: Surfing, photography, drumming, painting

Class of 2019 »

class of 2019

Class of 2019 (left to right)

Lauren Sylwanowicz, MD
UC Irvine School of Medicine
Interests: Yoga, pilates, indoor cycling, basketball, traveling, exploring Long Beach, doing anything at the beach, watching college football and playoff hockey, boating/Catalina, having fun with friends and family

Ethan Kunstadt, MD
University of Alabama
Interests: The great outdoors, surfing, cooking, live music, playing drums, photography, ethnic food exploration, staying active

Daryn Towle, MD
Georgetown University
Interests: Running, traveling, skiing, cooking, wine tasting, and spending time with family and friends

Lindsey Spiegelman, MD
UC Irvine School of Medicine
Interests: playing volleyball, going to the beach, skiing, hiking, cooking, trying new work out classes, and spending time with my family and friends.

Alaina Brinley, MD
University of Texas
Interests: Running, backpacking, adventures of all types, travel, SCUBA diving, airplane-flying, snacks, and beverages. And space is cool too [says a former NASA scientist]

Justin Yanuck, MD
UC Irvine School of Medicine
Interests: Trail running, surfing, climbing, skiing, NPR, binge watching tv, hanging with the family

Tanya Dall, MD
Georgetown University
Interests: Playing at the beach with my husband and daughter, cooking/eating/drinking fine wine, sleeping, traveling with family, reality TV, froyo

Sari Lahham, MD
UC Irvine School of Medicine
Interests: Learning new languages, lover of dogs, hater of cats, guacamole enthusiast, fast cars, hiking, beach, Los Angeles Lakers, San Diego Chargers, gadgets and technology, business, all things So Cal

Class of 2020 »
class of 2020

Class of 2020 (left to right)

Scott Pierce, MD
University of Iowa
Interests: Baseball, snowboarding, hiking, surfing, spending time with friends and family, anything with food

Breelan Kear, MD
Creighton University
Interests: Running, playing soccer, drinking coffee, going to concerts, The Dallas Cowboys, LA Dodgers, being outside in the sun, hanging out with my family and friends

Victor Cisneros, MD
University of California, Irvine
Interests: Spending time with family and friends, the outdoors, the beach, movies, technology and gadgets, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, working out, Playing Basketball, Los Angeles Lakers fan.

Maja Feldman, MD
University of California, Irvine
Interests: Staying active, traveling to new places, photography, watching movies, eating out and spending time with my husband

Emily Ma, MD
University of California, Davis
Interests: traversing hiking trails and pretending to be outdoorsy, cooking new recipes and feeding them to unsuspecting but willing victims, lounging at coffee shops, exploring new restaurants, discussing philosophical conundrums, teaching and mentoring, inventing humerus anatomy puns

David Nykin, MD
University of California, San Diego
Interests: My interests are: Backcountry camping, relaxing on the beach, playing blues and folk guitar, spending time with family and friends, sleeping in hammocks, singing in the shower, youth education and mentorship, heath equity, geriatric emergency medicine, medical education, ED operations, healthcare policy, and delicious Thai food

Claire Thomas, MD
Texas Tech University
Interests: Traveling, hiking, snowboarding, swimming, frisbee on the beach, CrossFit, watching soccer, spending time with family and friends, binge watching Master of None

Byron Etta, MD
Oregon Health Sciences University
Interests: Rock climbing, biking, trail running, slack lining, and hanging with friends over good beer or coffee.

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