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Current Dermatology Residents 

 Third Year Residents

  • Adam Miller, M.D. (PGY-4)

    Adam Miller, M.D. (PGY-4)

    Chief Resident
    Undergraduate School: University of Iowa
    Undergraduate Major: Biology
    Medical School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
    Internship: Scripps Mercy Transitional Year
    Hometown: Fort Dodge, IA
    Dermatology Interests: Dermatologic surgery and oncology, lasers and energy-based devices, autoimmune bullous disorders
    Other Interests/Hobbies: Exercising, sports, traveling, hiking, finding new restaurants
    Accomplishments during residency: Co-author of two articles ( JAAD and Derm Surg ) relating T-cell counts and surgical margins during MMS; Published case report in NEJM "Pacemaker-associated superior vena cava syndrome"; Created a comprehensive boards review book for the ASLMS "Lasers, lights, and energy-based devices: 100 fast facts and pearls for boards review and clinical practice"; Oral presentation at 2020 ASDS "NOTCH1 mutations in cutaneous SCC arising in immunosuppressed hosts"
  • Reid Oldenburg, M.D., Ph.D. (PGY-4)

    Reid Oldenburg, M.D., Ph.D. (PGY-4)

    Chief Resident​
    Undergraduate School:
    Tufts University
    Undergraduate Major: Biology-Psychology and Spanish
    Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
    Additional Training: Ph.D. in immunology from Université Paris VII in the lab of Caroline Demangel, Ph.D. at the Pasteur Institute
    Internship: UCLA, Olive View Medical Center
    Hometown: Santa Monica, CA
    Dermatology Interests: severe cutaneous adverse reactions, keloids, neglected tropical diseases
    Other Interests/Hobbies: Farmers markets, live music, Anza Borrego, dog beach, family
    Accomplishments during residency: Co-authored book chapter on Calciphylaxis. Published a letter to editor in the JAAD. Recipient of ASDS and PeDRA grants to study keloids and TEN
  • Kevin Chao, M.D. (PGY-4)

    Kevin Chao, M.D. (PGY-4)

    Undergraduate School: UCLA
    Undergraduate Major: Physiological Science
    Medical School: UCLA
    Internship: Kaiser Permanente - Los Angeles
    Hometown: Elk Grove, CA
    Dermatology Interests: Medical Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery, Lasers and Cosmetics, Medical Education
    Other Interests/Hobbies: Hiking, running, rock climbing, sailing, tennis, trying new restaurants and breweries
    Accomplishments during residency: First author on JAAD article "Suture Materials and Techniques for Optimal Cutaneous Wound Cosmesis: A Systemic Review" (2021); First author on upcoming article in JAAD (2021); 4 abstracts accepted for 2021 ASDS annual meeting; Oral presentation at AAD annual meeting (2021), Co-author on book chapter "Calciphylaxis" (2020)
  • Andrew Choi, M.D. (PGY-4)

    Andrew Choi, M.D. (PGY-4)

    Undergraduate School: Northwestern University
    Undergraduate Major: Biochemistry and English Literature
    Medical School: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
    Internship: Kaiser Foundation Health, San Francisco
    Hometown: Palos Verdes, CA
    Dermatology Interests: Inpatient dermatology, complex medical dermatology, quality improvement, dermatopathology
    Other Interests/Hobbies: Playing guitar, going to concerts, hiking, finding new restaurants, cooking
    Accomplishments during residency: First author on publication in the Postgraduate Medical Journal on Visual Perception Training (July 2019), Organized and volunteered at a Skin Cancer Awareness Campaign at the San Diego Yacht Club (September 2019), abstract accepted for presentation at American Society of Dermatopathology (ASDP) 2020
  • Ogechi Ikediobi, M.D., Ph.D. (PGY-4)

    Ogechi Ikediobi, M.D., Ph.D. (PGY-4)

    Undergraduate School: Florida A&M University
    Undergraduate Major: Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
    Medical School: University of California, San Francisco
    Additional Training: PhD (cancer genomics/pharmacogenomics): Joint University of Cambridge, UK/ NIH International Biomedical Research Alliance (2003-07) ; Assistant Professor of Clinical Applied Pharmacogenomics: University of California, San Franciso (2007-12)
    Internship: Internal Medicine at Alameda Health System, Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA
    Hometown: Orinda, CA
    Dermatology Interests: Complex medical dermatology, pharmacogenomics, personalized medicine, integrative dermatology
    Other Interests/Hobbies: Hiking/camping, skiing, yoga, cooking/farmer's market, reading, writing
    Accomplishments during residency: Published a letter to editor: JAMA Dermatology "Pharmacogenomics of Fluoropyrimidines-a personalized approach for treating and preventing keratinocyte carcinomas" (2021) ; Published case series: Journal of Personalized Medicine "Pharmacogenomics of Allopurinol and Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim" (2021) ; "Pharmacogenomics of 5-Fluorouracil" -UCSD Dermatology Research Day- Best Clinical Research (2020) ; Volunteer at Clean Slate Laser Tattoo removal (2020,2021)

Second Year Residents

  • Nicholas Bohrer, M.D. (PGY-3)

    Nicholas Bohrer, M.D. (PGY-3)

    Undergraduate School: St. Olaf College
    Undergraduate Major: Spanish, Chemistry
    Medical School: University of Wisconsin
    Internship: Cohen Children's Medical Center, Queens, New York
    Hometown: Eau Claire, WI
    Dermatology Interests: Pediatric dermatology, general dermatology
    Other Interests/Hobbies: Singing, playing acoustic guitar, game nights, lap swimming, downhill skiing, golfing
  • Elise Burger, M.D., Ph.D. (PGY-3)

    Elise Burger, M.D., Ph.D. (PGY-3)

    Undergraduate School: Occidental College
    Undergraduate Major: Biochemistry
    Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern
    Additional Training: Ph.D. (Immunology) from UT Southwestern, studying parasite-mediated inflammation at the intestinal epithelium
    Internship: Presbyterian St. Luke, Denver, CO
    Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
    Dermatology Interests: Medical dermatology, inpatient dermatology, wound healing
    Other Interests/Hobbies: International backpacking, hiking and camping, skiing, prior hammer thrower on track and field team in undergrad, competitive Crossfit athlete in medical/graduate school
  • Allison Han, M.D. (PGY-3)

    Allison Han, M.D. (PGY-3)

    Undergraduate School: Harvard University
    Undergraduate Major: Neurobiology
    Medical School: University of California, San Diego
    Additional Training: Research Fellowship, Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego, Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology
    Internship: Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego
    Hometown: San Diego, CA
    Dermatology Interests: Pediatric Dermatology, medical dermatology
    Other Interests/Hobbies: Travel, trying new restaurants, dogs, spending time with family, themed events and crafts, cooking
    Accomplishments during residency: Oral presentation and poster at AAD, "Myelin Basic Protein Autoantibodies as a Biomarker in Morphea" (2021), co-author on PLOS Pathogens article "ILC1-derived IFN-γ mediates cDC1-dependent host resistance against Toxoplasma gondii" (2021).
  • Shadi Khalil, M.D., Ph.D. (PGY-3)

    Shadi Khalil, M.D., Ph.D. (PGY-3)

    Undergraduate School: University of New Mexico
    Undergraduate Major: Mathematics, Biochemistry
    Medical School: University of Virginia
    Additional Training: Ph.D. (Experimental Pathology), studying metabolism and nutrient-sensing by bone marrow stem cells
    Internship: UC Riverside at RCH
    Hometown: San Diego, CA
    Dermatology Interests: Dermatopathology, hemato-cutaneous interactions, nutrient metabolism, the microbiome
    Other Interests/Hobbies: Anything outdoors (hiking, running, surfing, skiing), board-gaming, traveling, exploring San Diego restaurants
    Accomplishments during residency: Wrote a book chapter on cutaneous extramedullary hematopoiesis for the revised edition of textbook Hematopathology of the Skin, Published an image in dermatology question challenge in JAAD Case Reports, Accepted abstracts as an oral and poster presentation at the American Society of Dermatopathology 2021 meeting, Helped provide free medical care to asylum-seekers at the border with the Refugee Health Alliance
  • Carrie Vuong, M.D. (PGY-3)

    Carrie Vuong, M.D. (PGY-3)

    Undergraduate School: Princeton University
    Undergraduate Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Global Health
    Medical School: New York University
    Internship: Scripps Mercy Hospital - San Diego
    Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ
    Dermatology Interests: Pediatric Dermatology, medical dermatology
    Other Interests/Hobbies: Track and field, hiking, swimming, escape rooms, spikeball
    Accomplishments during residency: Accepted abstract at the Society for Pediatry Dermatology 2021

First Year Residents

  • Joyce Cheng, M.D. (PGY-2)

    Joyce Cheng, M.D. (PGY-2)

    Undergraduate School: Yale University
    Undergraduate Major: Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
    Medical School: Yale University
    Additional Training: Clinical Research Fellow, University of California, San Diego, Dept of Dermatology; MHS, Clinical Research Pathway, Yale School of Medicine San Diego, CA
    Internship: University of California, San Diego
    Hometown: San Diego, CA
    Dermatology Interests:  complex medical dermatology, inflammatory skin diseases, skin microbiome, dermatologic surgery
    Other Interests/Hobbies: anything active and/or outdoors, travel, hiking, art, cooking, reading, yoga/mindfulness, quality time with friends and family

  • Matthew Kolar, M.D., Ph.D. (PGY-2)

    Matthew Kolar, M.D., Ph.D. (PGY-2)

    Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Undergraduate Major: Chemistry
    Medical School: University of California, San Diego
    Additional Training: PhD, Biomedical Sciences, University of California, San Diego
    Internship: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
    Hometown: Cameron, NC
    Dermatology Interests:  Medical dermatology, skin metabolism
    Other Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family, SD outdoor activities (surfing, jet skiing); hiking, traveling, animals

  • Nicola Natsis, M.D. (PGY-2)

    Nicola Natsis, M.D. (PGY-2)

    Undergraduate School: Cornell University 
    Undergraduate Major: American Studies
    Medical School: University of California, San Diego
    Additional Training: Research Fellowship, Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego, Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology 
    Internship: University of California, San Diego
    Hometown: Pacific Palisades, CA
    Dermatology Interests:  General dermatology, pediatric dermatology, emerging dermatologic therapeutics and technologies
    Other Interests/Hobbies: Spinning, barre, yoga, skiing, art and design, skin care, time with friends and family, exploring new coffee shops and bakeries, travel
    Accomplishments during residency: First-author and co-author on a case report and case series, respectively, which descibe the skin and systemic manifestions of intrauterine herpes simplex virus infections in the neonate (2021)
  • Somaira Nowsheen M.D., Ph.D. (PGY-2)

    Somaira Nowsheen M.D., Ph.D. (PGY-2)

    Undergraduate School: East Carolina University
    Undergraduate Major:  Biology, Chemistry
    Medical School: Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minnesota
    Additional Training: MS, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, East Carolina University ; PhD, Biomedical Sciences-Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Mayo Clinic
    Internship: Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin
    Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Dermatology Interests:  complex medical derm, onco derm, derm surgery
    Other Interests/Hobbies: hiking, painting, exploring new places, exploring new restaurants, cooking
  • Bobak Pousti, M.D., M.B.A.  (PGY-2)

    Bobak Pousti, M.D., M.B.A. (PGY-2)

    Undergraduate School: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Undergraduate Major: Human Biology
    Medical School: Temple University 
    Additional Training: MBA, Temple University 
    Internship: Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, CA
    Hometown: San Diego, Ca
    Dermatology Interests:  Dermatologic surgery, emerging laser technologies, complex med derm and biologic therapies
    Other Interests/Hobbies: Anything outdoors (Soccer, Surfing, Running, Skiing). Vocal and Instrumental music. Gardening and Fermentation. Hiking with the doggo.
    Accomplishments during residency: Poster Presentation on the serial staged excision procedure for Melanoma and Melanoma In-Situ. Case Series covering verrucous variants of Sarcoidosis.