Current Residents

UC San Diego Dermatology Residents 2016-20172016-2017 residents group photo.jpg(Left to Right)
Front Row: Aria Vazirnia MD, Aimee Two MD, Megan Brown MD, Wiggin Lee MD, David Cotter MD PhD, Keith Roby MD

Back Row: Zhe Jessie Hou MD PhD, Christopher Crowley MD PhD, Aislyn Nelson MD, Alina Goldenberg MD, Natasha Carter MD PhD

Third Year : Shehla Admani MD, Megan Brown MD, Christopher Crowley MD PhD, Wiggin Lee MD
Second Year : Natasha Carter MD PhD, Zhe Jessie Hou MD PhD, Keith Roby MD, Aimee Two MD
First Year: ​David Cotter MD PhD, Alina Goldenberg MD, Aislyn Nelson MD, Aria Vazirnia MD

UCSD Department of Dermatology: Current Residents - ​ ​Profiles

Third Year Residents​

Shehla Admani, MD (PGY-4), Chief Resident
Undergraduate School: UC San Diego
Undergraduate Major: Biochemistry
Medical School: UC Irvine School of Medicine
Internship: UC Irvine Medical Center
Additional Training: Pediatric Dermatology Clinical Research Fellowship, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego
Hometown: Brawley, CA
Dermatology Interests: Pediatric Dermatology, Women’s Health, Contact Dermatitis
Other Interests/Hobbies: Baking, hiking, spending time with family
Accomplishments during residency of which you are most proud: 2016 AARS Mentorship Grant, 2016 WDS Academic Research Award, matched Stanford Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship

Wiggin Lee, MD (PGY-4), Chief Resident



Undergraduate School: UC Berkeley
Undergraduate Major: Music and Molecular Cell Biology
Medical School: UC San Diego School of Medicine
Internship: Scripps Mercy Transitional
Hometown: Fremont, CA
Dermatology Interests: Dermatology Oncology (GVHD,
cutaneous metastases, CTCL)
Other Interests/Hobbies: DIY home decor projects, playing piano, hosting dinner parties for friends and family 
Accomplishments during residency of which you are most proud: 2016 Medical Dermatology Society Mentorship Award

Megan Brown, MD (PGY-4)

Undergraduate School: Eastern New Mexico University
Undergraduate Major: Biology
Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Internship: University of Texas Southwestern - Austin
Additional Training: Public Health Volunteer Coursework
Hometown: Carlsbad, New Mexico
Dermatology Interests: Meeting the dermatologic needs of underserved populations, elective cosmetic procedures
Other Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, hiking
Accomplishments during residency of which you are most proud: ASDS Preceptorship Grant, AAD SkinCare for Developing Countries Grant

Christopher Crowley, MD, PhD (PGY-4)


Undergraduate School: Montana State University
Undergraduate Major: Biochemistry
Medical School: UC Los Angeles
Internship: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Additional Training: Ph.D. Molecular Biology,
Professor Todd Yeates, Ph.D., UCLA
Hometown: Helena, MT
Dermatology Interests: Molecular pathogenesis of autoimmune and inflammatory disease in the skin
Other Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with my family
Accomplishments during residency of which you are most proud: Joined lab of Professor Andrew Ward, Ph.D. at The Scripps Research Institute
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​ ​Second Year Residents



Natasha Carter, MD, PhD (PGY-3)

Undergraduate School: UC Los Angeles
Undergraduate Major: Math
Medical School: Oregon Health and Science University
Internship: University of Washington
Additional Training: PhD from Oxford University
Hometown: Newport, Oregon
Dermatology Interests: Immunobullous disorders. Understanding the role of skin resident memory CD8 cells in cutaneous diseases such as atopic dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis, and how we can target these cells to change the disease course.
Other Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family, the great outdoors, cooking
Accomplishments during residency of which you are most proud: Studying skin resident memory CD8 cells in the lab of John Cheng MD. Poster presentation at 2016 Calderm Annual meeting

Jessie Hou, MD, PhD (PGY-3)


Undergraduate School: Nanjing University
Undergraduate Major: Biology
Medical School: Yale School of Medicine
Internship: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Additional Training: PhD in pharmacology at Rutgers
University
Hometown: Tianjin, China
Dermatology Interests: Dermatologic surgery, Cutaneous oncology, Cancer chemoprevention
Other Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family, watching Chinese and Korean TV shows
Accomplishments during residency of which you are most proud: Podium presentation at 2016 Pacific Dermatologic Association Annual Meeting; book chapter on dermatologic adverse events of cancer therapy in Dermatological Signs of Systemic Disease; ASDS resident liaison

Keith Roby, MD (PGY-3)
Undergraduate School: UC San Diego
Undergraduate Major: Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Medical School: UC San Diego School of Medicine
Internship: Intermountain Medical Center
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Dermatology Interests: Pigmented lesions,
dermatopathology
Other Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with my wife and dog, surfing/snowboarding.
Accomplishments during residency of which you are most proud: Regular volunteer at UCSD Pacific Beach Free Clinic; Resident volunteer at skin cancer screenings at the UCSD Bruce Gorder 5K walk for Melanoma

Aimee Two, MD, MS (PGY-3)

Undergraduate School: Brown University
Undergraduate Major: Neuroscience
Medical School: Yale School of Medicine
Internship: LA County/USC Medical Center
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Dermatology Interests: Complex Medical Dermatology, Clinical Trials
Other Interests/Hobbies: Cooking, jogging, spending time with family
Accomplishments during residency of which you are most proud: Presented a poster at the 2016 CalDerm Annual Meeting; first author publication in the JID on the cutaneous microbiome in relation to skin cleansers 

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​ ​First Year Residents

David Cotter, MD, PhD (PGY-2)

Undergraduate School: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Undergraduate Major: Biology
Medical School: Washington University School of Medicine
Internship: University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas
Additional Training: Combined MD, PhD program at
Washington University School of Medicine
Hometown: Las Vegas
Dermatology Interests: Medical dermatology,
dermatopathology, and general dermatology. 
Other Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family, exercise, and amateur paleontology.
Accomplishments during residency of which you are most proudQI projects designed to improve patient comprehension, compliance, and satisfaction through counseling

Alina Goldenberg, MD, MAS (PGY-2)

Undergraduate School: UC Berkeley
Undergraduate Major: Public Health
Medical School: UC San Diego School of Medicine
Internship: UC San Diego Internal Medicine
Additional Training: Master’s in Clinical Research, UC San DIego
Hometown: Kiev, Ukraine; grew up in San Francisco
Dermatology Interests: Outcomes-based research in non-melanoma skin cancer, contact dermatitis,laser-assisted scar revision
Other Interests/Hobbies: Travel for comestible and collaborative purposes, home renovation and design
Accomplishments during residency of which you are most proudSelected to participate within the Rising Derm Star Competition for Residents – What’s New and on the Horizon in Clinical Dermatology at the upcoming 2017 Winter Clinical Dermatology Conference – Hawaii

Aislyn Nelson, MD, PhD (PGY-2)

Undergraduate School: Johns Hopkins University
Undergraduate Major: Neuroscience
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Internship: UCSD Internal Medicine
Additional Training: Combined MD, PhD at Baylor College of Medicine in the laboratory of Ellen Lumpkin, PhD
Hometown: Reno, NV
Dermatology Interests: Pruritus, Natural compounds and their therapeutic significance in skin cancers, Laser therapies
Other Interests/Hobbies: Crafts with daughter/DIY projects, all sports and teen dramas
Accomplishments during residency of which you are most proud: Participating in the “Stand Down”
event for homeless veterans and the “Clean Slate” laser tattoo removal program.


Aria Vazirnia, MD, MAS (PGY-2)

Undergraduate School: UC Los Angeles
Undergraduate Major: Psychobiology
Medical School: UC San Diego School of Medicine
Internship: UCLA-Olive View Medical Center (Internal Medicine)
Additional Training: Master of Advanced Studies (MAS
degree) in Clinical Research at UC San Diego
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Dermatology Interests: Medical dermatology, General dermatology, & Photomedicine/Laser treatments
Other Interests/Hobbies: Writing music for piano and guitar, trying new restaurants, and spending time ith family and friends 
Accomplishments during residency of which you are most proud: Reviewer for the Journal of Dermatology Nurses' Association, resident reviewer for the American Academy of Dermatology's Directions in Residency

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