Meet the Residents

Bermudez, Xavier

Xavier Bermudez, M.D.

Resident Year:

2018

Medical School:

Universidad de Guadalajara Centro Universitario de Ciencias de la Salud

Describe Yourself:

I was born in the South Bay area of Los Angeles and spent most of my childhood years there before moving with my family to Jalisco, Mexico. Through my medical school training at the Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico, I had the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the rewards (and challenges) of working with the underprivileged. Upon graduation, I decided to return to the United States to pursue a residency in Family Medicine and obtain the best possible training. Prior to residency, I was part of the UCLA International Medical Graduate Program where I had the chance to continue working with vulnerable populations and reinforce my commitment to the underserved communities in California. I chose PVHMC Family Medicine Residency Program because I am confident that I will receive all the necessary tools to practice full spectrum family medicine when I complete my training.
In my free time I enjoy playing soccer, working out and exploring restaurants/bars in L.A.

Fann, David

David Fann, D.O.

Resident Year:

2018

Undergraduate School:

Cal State University, Fullerton

Medical School:

Western University Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Describe Yourself:

I was born and raised in Orange County, CA. After I graduated college with a degree in business, an unexpected event in my life drew me into family medicine and the importance of prevention. I went back to California State University Fullerton to study the sciences required for medical school. I’m excited to have matched into Pomona Valley’s FM program and look forward to working with a wonderful group of residents! In my spare time I like going to the gym, running, playing basketball, video games, baking cookies, and memory palace

Luong, Jennifer

Jennifer Luong, D.O.

Resident Year:

2018

Undergraduate School:

Point Loma Nazarene University

Medical School:

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Describe Yourself:

I was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California. I am very attached to this area because of the great food. However, I decided to move to San Diego for college and that was a great decision! It was where I had many opportunities to serve people who were marginalized and where my passion developed for underserved medicine. Then I moved to Pomona for medical school at Western University. I enjoyed being a medical student in this area and I am excited to stay in the area and serve patients at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. I appreciate the diversity here and the ability to meet the needs of this community. In my spare time I love to cook, bake, hike, be outdoors, and most importantly spend time with my family.

Nazmy, Miriam

Miriam Nazmy, M.D.

Resident Year:

2018

Undergraduate School:

The College of New Jersey

Medical School:

New York University School of Medicine

Describe Yourself:

I was born and raised in New Jersey to Egyptian parents. There I completed my undergraduate studies in Biology and Gender studies. New York City was my home for medical school and internship as well as part of an anesthesiology residency. My passion for family medicine gradually became my focus and I decided to switch residency programs. I am really fortunate to be able to study what I love in the Pomona community. I like to read about nutrition, detoxification, heavy metals and mineral balancing, wellness, energy healing, and meditation. I hope to balance holistic practice with conventional medicine. I like to garden, read, journal, spend time with family and friends. I also enjoy yoga, music, and hiking. I'm really looking forward to exploring California!

Oladapo, Ganiyat

Ganiyat Oladapo, M.D.

Resident Year:

2018

Undergraduate School:

Howard University

Medical School:

Indiana University School of Medicine

Describe Yourself:

Originally from Washington DC, I spent my early childhood in Nigeria before moving to the Bay Area for most of my adolescent years only to move back to the east coast. I studied Biology at Howard University and worked in clinical research in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area for a few years prior to starting my medical career. As a medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine, I participated in Global health experiences in Guatemala, Kenya and Dominican Republic and I developed an interest in caring for the medically underserved. My hobbies include music, dancing (West African and Salsa/Bachata/Merengue), performing arts, spending time with my family, and traveling. My areas of interest include health disparities and medically underserved women’s health, international/global health, and preventative medicine.

Shaban, Ameerah

Ameerah Shaban, M.D.

Resident Year:

2018

Medical School:

Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine

Describe Yourself:

I was born and raised in southern California, and had the opportunity to live in Egypt for a good portion of my life. I am grateful for this experience as I got to learn more about my family, religion and culture. In Egypt I attended Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine for medical school. I enjoy educating my patients and working with them as a team to accomplish our goal of early disease prevention and minimizing disease progression. I love fashion, cooking, hiking, and enjoying time with family and friends.

Brown, Andrew

Andrew Brown, M.D.

Resident Year:

2019

Undergraduate School:

University of South Florida, Tampa

Medical School:

Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University

Describe Yourself:

I am an East Coast boy, born and raised in muggy South Florida.  I ventured to the West Coast (of Florida that is) to Tampa for my undergraduate years at the University of South Florida. Medical School brought me back close to home to Boca Raton, Florida at Florida Atlantic University.  While Florida has always been my home, I was ready for a change and Southern California is the perfect place for that.  I was drawn to Pomona because of the community around the hospital and the very obvious commitment to the community by the hospital.  I am honored to be able to serve this very diverse and deserving community throughout my residency and hopefully beyond.  While not busy working, I am an avid epicurean-always looking for new restaurants and cuisines to experience and baking up sweet treats to share.

Evans, Sarah

Sarah Evans, M.D.

Resident Year:

2019

Undergraduate School:

Rice University, Houston, Texas

Medical School:

University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Describe Yourself:

I am originally from San Diego, California, but I have had the pleasure of living in many different countries throughout my life including Japan, Panama and France.  My grandfather was a diplomat and I inherited his love for travel and learning about other cultures in the world and am always looking forward to traveling and learning more.  I graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and later attended medical school at the University of Texas at Houston.  After years in Texas, I was ready to come back home to California and am very excited to be here at the Family Medicine Residency Program.  I am hoping to make an impact here in California in the future by working with underserved populations and in global health.  In my spare time, I love practicing the piano and violin, playing badminton, cooking and traveling.

Jackson, Pasha

Pasha Jackson, M.D.

Resident Year:

2019

Undergraduate School:

The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

Medical School:

Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina

Describe Yourself:

I was born in Chicago, raised in Los Angeles, and later moved to the Bay Area where I spent the majority of my childhood.  I attended the University of Oklahoma on a football scholarship (Boomer Sooner!) and earned my bachelor’s degree in Sociology.  Following college, I was fortunate enough to play football professionally.  I made the career switch to medicine, and by doing so, combined my natural interests of the sciences and serving my family, community and those who need it the most.  For medical school, I was privileged to attend the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba.  I spent 7 years learning under Cuba’s world renowned model of preventative community medicine.  I chose Family Medicine because being in primary care gives me the best access to my community.  Thanks to my medical education, I’ve witnessed first-hand how family medicine is essential when it comes to defending a community’s health.  I’m inspired by Pomona Valley’s humility and commitment to excellent service that the entire staff embodies and I’m honored to be a part of this family.  Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my beautiful family, mind-body practices, the arts, cool breezes and food that can handle being healthy and tasty at the same time.

Perez, Wilbert

Wilbert Perez, M.D.

Resident Year:

2019

Undergraduate School:

University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez PR

Medical School:

Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Describe Yourself:

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico.  During my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and friends, as well as playing soccer and trumpet.  My interest in the practice of medicine grew after having the opportunity to participate in a mission trip to our neighbor island, Dominican Republic; it truly was a life changing experience.  My goal as a physician is to be a blessing and positive influence to all patients I care for.  I look forward to continue learning the practice of broad spectrum family medicine.

Shah, Jay

Jay Shah, D.O.

Resident Year:

2019

Undergraduate School:

University of California, Irvine

Medical School:

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona Campus

Describe Yourself:

I was born in Houston but spent the majority of my childhood in the Bay Area.  After high school, I moved to Southern California to major in Biology at UC Irvine.  After spending a year off in the Bay Area, I eventually returned to Southern California for medical school at Western University.  I became interested in family medicine because the field offered multiple opportunities, had continuity of care and complemented my interest in sports medicine.  I’m excited to stay in California to complete my family medicine residency at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.  I am looking forward to developing my skills as a family medicine physician and getting involved in the Sports Medicine track.  I chose this program because the curriculum is well balanced and the people are awesome.  In my spare time, I like to play/watch/read/listen/talk about sports, spend time with friends and family and read. 

Tran, Henry

Henry Tran, D.O.

Resident Year:

2019

Undergraduate School:

University of California, Los Angeles

Medical School:

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona Campus

Describe Yourself:

Growing up as a child of Vietnamese immigrant parents, I was influenced by the disparities I witnessed in my hometown, an enclave in Orange County populated with Vietnamese immigrants.  I saw the socioeconomic barriers that prevented my parents from gaining access to equal opportunities and medical care.  My commitment to working for marginalized communities led me to UCLA where I completed my Bachelors of Science degree in Neuroscience.  During my senior year at UCLA, I volunteered at the Venice Family Clinic as a clinical assistant and phlebotomist, providing free services to uninsured patients.  Attending medical school in Pomona allowed me to continue my commitment to working for underserved communities.  I am thrilled to continue my journey as a physician in Pomona because the city’s multi-cultural community face many socioeconomic barriers that mirror my family’s experience.  I want to be an integral part of patient lives and to be able to interact with a broad spectrum of patients.  Continuity of care and life-long learning is what excites me and fuels my passion for family medicine.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching the Lakers, exploring the outdoors and being a minimalist traveling the world.

Vela, Robert

Robert Vela, D.O.

Resident Year:

2019

Undergraduate School:

California State University, Fullerton

Medical School:

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Describe Yourself:

I was born in Los Angeles and was raised in Ontario, California. I completed my undergraduate education at California State University, Fullerton and am an alumnus of Western University of Health Sciences. I realized I wanted to become a physician later in life. My community, which is Pomona and Ontario, brought me to this career choice; I feel privileged to be a physician. I am a proud member of this community. I am passionate about serving this community and in particular, the population that is under-served and impoverished like I was as a youth.

I have a wonderful wife and am a proud parent of four boys. I enjoy all sports but particularly baseball, football, and basketball. 

Wolday, Feven

Feven Wolday, M.D.

Resident Year:

2019

Undergraduate School:

University of California, Los Angeles

Medical School:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Describe Yourself:

I was born in Eritrea, a small war torn country in East Africa and came to America when I was a baby.  I grew up in a large family and was raised in an underserved community.  I went to UCLA for my undergraduate and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA for medical school.  There, I was part of the Drew/UCLA medical education program which helped me prepare to provide healthcare to underserved communities like the one in which I had been raised.  I believe that my personal experience and background have instilled in me a consciousness of various perspectives and prepared me to relate to family medicines diverse patient population.  I am a mother, spouse, daughter, sister, aunt; the list goes on and on.  In my spare time, I like being with my family and friends, cooking, relaxing and entertaining.

Avelar, Patricia

Patricia Avelar, M.D.

Resident Year:

2020

Undergraduate School:

University of California, Berkeley

Medical School:

University of Utah School of Medicine

Describe Yourself:

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and am now happy to be in Southern California.  After studying Social Welfare at UC Berkeley, I had the opportunity to work with community agencies conducting violence prevention work before deciding to pursue a degree in medicine.  I chose Family Medicine specifically because it gives me the opportunity to make a direct impact on the well-being of my local community. I chose Pomona Valley because of this program’s commitment in defending the health and integrity of underserved.  Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exercising, and exploring new restaurants and food.

Cheung, Jesse

Jesse Cheung, M.D.

Resident Year:

2020

Undergraduate School:

University of California, Los Angeles

Medical School:

Albany Medical College

Describe Yourself:

I was born and raised in Lancaster, CA. Growing up, I was really into math, so I participated in local and state math competitions. I went to Antelope Valley College and transferred to UCLA, graduating with a degree in biochemistry with a minor in biomedical research. At Albany Medical College, I knew that I was going into primary care in some form, so I was active in the family medicine interest group and organizing and participating in local health fairs, focusing on nutrition and diabetes education. My hobbies include tennis, badminton, table tennis, board games, and occasionally poker (the monopoly money or penny kind).

Gutierrez, Gustavo Javier

Gustavo Javier Gutierrez, M.D.

Resident Year:

2020

Undergraduate School:

Universidad de la Salle Bajio

Medical School:

Universidad de Guanajuato Departamento de Medicina y Nutricion

Describe Yourself:

I was born and raised in Mexico City. I attended medical school at University of Guanajuato. As part of the medical school curriculum, I spent one year serving in a small rural community where I provided primary care for the less fortunate. I was accepted to the UCLA IMG Program where I had the opportunity to work with the underserved population in California. I chose Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center because of it is committed to serving and providing high quality care for its diverse community. It also provides a great learning environment. I feel fortunate to be part of this amazing team! My hobbies are playing guitar, ukulele, calligraphy and cooking.

Hernandez, Sarah

Sarah Hernandez, M.D.

Resident Year:

2020

Undergraduate School:

University of California, Davis

Medical School:

Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina

Describe Yourself:

I was raised in Sacramento, California.  From an early age, I learned by strong example from my mother, mentors, and community leaders to share the values of love, humanity, and integrity and most of all, give back to the community that has given me so much.  Being the first in my family to graduate from college, I obtained my A.S. degree in Mathematics and Physical Science at American River College in Sacramento, CA. With perseverance in hand, I transferred to U.C. Davis wherein I graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry and a Minor in American Studies. While studying abroad in Havana, I came to know Cuba’s international medical school, the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina.  I thrived studying medicine in a healthcare system that provides equal access to its entire population.  Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s family medicine residency program will allow me to fulfill my commitment to providing access to sustainable, comprehensive healthcare.  Some of my hobbies are practicing yoga, Netflix binging, and chasing after my vivacious toddler son.

Nguyen, Hien

Hien Nguyen, D.O.

Resident Year:

2020

Undergraduate School:

University of California, San Diego

Medical School:

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Describe Yourself:

I was born in Vietnam and immigrated to United States when I was 17 years old. I grew up in a small community where health care access was limited. I completed my Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, San Diego and majored in biochemistry and cell biology. While in college, I developed an interest in medicine through volunteering at a local clinic and learning about patient-centered primary care with a family doctor. I attended Western University of Health Science for medical school.  Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency Program provides a diverse patient population, supportive faculty, staff, and a family-like environment. In my free time, I like to spend time with my family and exploring local authentic restaurants.

Reddy, Gavva

Gavva Reddy, M.D.

Resident Year:

2020

Undergraduate School:

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio

Medical School:

Howard University College of Medicine

Describe Yourself:

Howard University College of Medicine, my alma mater, taught me to love working with the underserved. After graduation, I hoped to begin training with similarly diverse patients and equally supportive doctors.  Moving to Southern California to learn from the Family Medicine physicians of PVHMC has been all I hoped for. Their style of practicing is a great example of what all medicine should be - patient-centered, practical, and passionate. I look forward to learning from them long after residency. 

Xue, Jiao

Jiao Xue, M.D.

Resident Year:

2020

Undergraduate School:

University of California, Berkeley

Medical School:

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Describe Yourself:

I was born and raised in China, and I immigrated with my family to San Francisco Bay Area at the age of 17. I attended the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated with departmental citation award. My passion for family medicine grew when working as a front desk receptionist in a private family medicine clinic. I decided to pursue medicine and went on to attend University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. I chose Pomona Valley Hospital FMRP because it is a perfect fit for me. I couldn't have asked for better residents, faculty and staff to work with. They have helped me excel and grow into a compassionate and competent Family Medicine physician. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, traveling, bird watching, snorkeling, crafting and spending time with family and friends.

Yeh, Duke

Duke Yeh, D.O.

Resident Year:

2020

Undergraduate School:

University of California, San Diego

Medical School:

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Describe Yourself:

I was born in Torrance, California, but grew up in Taiwan. I returned to the United States during the 7th grade and had to relearn English. It was a blessing to study Biochemistry at the University of California San Diego, and later, medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. I chose Family Medicine because it will provide me with the knowledge and training needed to work with a wide range of patients. Stemming from my Sports Medicine and Christian-based backgrounds, I see the importance of treating an individual as a whole person, encompassing physical, mental and spiritual health.  I strive to always eat healthier, and love working out and playing sports, especially basketball and tennis.

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