Meet the Residents

Alvarez, Victor

Victor Alvarez, M.D.

Resident Year:

2017

Medical School:

Universidad de Guadalajara Centro Universitario de Ciencias de la Salud

Describe Yourself:

I was born in Jalisco, Mexico. I attended and finished medical school at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico as well. During my last year of medical school, I provided primary care and evidence-based preventive strategies to twelve rural communities in Mexico and was the recipient of the “Excellent Social
Service” award. After finishing medical school, I completed an orthopedic residency position at La Salle University where I became the chief resident of Orthopedics , and later, as chief resident of hospital training. After graduation, I worked as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in both a public hospital and private office. In 2010, I moved to California to pursue my dream of becoming a U.S. licensed physician. I was very excited with providing bilingual and multicultural health care to underserved populations in California. My long-term goal is to become a faculty member of a Family Medicine residency training program aimed at improving health care disparities. I spend my spare time with my lovely wife and three sons. I love sports and even won a National Silver medal in Taekwondo combat in Mexico. I enjoy riding ATVs, and going to the Drive Inn. My favorite quotes are “Whatever you are, be a good one” by Abraham Lincoln, and “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none” by William Shakespeare.

Arif, Faryal

Faryal Arif, M.D.

Resident Year:

2017

Medical School:

King Edward Medical University

Describe Yourself:

I am originally from Pakistan, where I was born, raised and went to medical school. I have gained much appreciation for gorgeous SoCal, especially after living a few years in Boston trudging through its numerous snowstorms. I love being back in the warm weather that I have been used to all my life. My husband is also a physician and we are equally busy. Therefore, spending quality time with him and our little family is of utmost importance to me. On the days I’m not at work, I’m most likely to be found at the beach, a local park or the mall, whatever suits my little girl’s fancy that day. Our residency program is a bunch of close knit, super awesome people, who with all their eccentricities make the usual residency turmoil quite palatable. There’s always a laugh to share at the end of every long day.

Coffin, Heather

Heather Coffin, D.O.

Resident Year:

2017

Undergraduate School:

UC Davis

Medical School:

Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine

Describe Yourself:

I was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. I went to UCSB for my first year of college but then transferred to UC Davis for my last 3 years to be closer to home/family. From there, I moved to Henderson, NV and attended Touro University Nevada for medical school. I chose family medicine for many reasons, but primarily due to the continuity of care that is present within this field as well as the ability to treat all age groups. I love to play sports, especially soccer, and enjoy all outdoor activities. I also love country music. My family is very important to me and some of my most favorite times are spent with my husband and 2 year old son.

Lopez, Claudia

Claudia Lopez, M.D.

Resident Year:

2017

Medical School:

Universidad de Guadalajara Centro Universitario de Ciencias de la Salud

Describe Yourself:

I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico but grew up in Los Angeles. However, at the age of 14, I returned with my family to my Mexico, my native country. I graduated in 2002 from the University of Guadalajara and worked as a primary care physician in underserved communities. In 2008, I completed an Otolaryngology residency program in Mexico City. I practiced this specialty and primary care for two years in a public hospital and private office. In 2010, I returned to Los Angeles to pursue my dream of becoming a U.S. licensed family physician, and expanding my medical knowledge. In 2013 I graduated from the UCLA International Medical Graduate Program and became very excited with the opportunity to provide service in underserved communities in California. I like to explore the outdoors and enjoy the spare time with my family. My favorite quote is “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” by Confucius.

Momand, Naheed

Naheed Momand, D.O.

Resident Year:

2017

Undergraduate School:

UCLA

Medical School:

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

Describe Yourself:

I grew up in sunny Southern California, and I have lived here all my life. I attended UCLA and earned my bachelor's in Microbiology Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. I also did research at UCLA in Parasitology and Neurobiology. While working in the neurobiology lab, I would sit in on lectures in the school of public health and decided to earn my Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology at UCLA as well. Getting my MPH was one of the best decisions I have ever made and affirmed my passion for preventive medicine, global health, and community medicine which is what drove me to attend medical school at Western University of Health Sciences. During medical school I did some clinical research at City of Hope, as well as participated in various community clinics and health fairs. My interest in preventative medicine only grew during clinical rotations and is what drove me towards Family Medicine. I am grateful I get to do my residency near family and I feel confident that Pomona Valley Hospital will train me with the skills I need to be a great family physician. I love hiking, painting, dance, spending time with family, and all things food related (cooking, eating, and appreciating).

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.

Bingham, Tia

Tia Bingham, M.D.

Resident Year:

2018

Undergraduate School:

University of Georgia

Medical School:

Mercer University School of Medicine

Describe Yourself:

I’m a Southern girl who became fortunate enough to come to the West Coast for residency! I grew up in Marietta, Georgia and went to UGA for undergrad. While at UGA I volunteered at a free clinic for the underserved (mostly uninsured and undocumented), and also spent a month working at a government-funded clinic in Cuzco, Peru. These experiences propelled me to pursue medicine. I was thankful to get accepted into Mercer University School of Medicine and spend four years in the beautiful historic town of Savannah, Georgia. Ultimately, family medicine seemed like the perfect fit because of my passions for underserved and preventative medicine. For residency I wanted to train in a part of the country where more people have access to healthcare through various programs. It’s great to be in California and at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center! I chose this program because the culture of the hospital is to provide care to everyone who walks in our doors – no matter if they are insured and able to pay or not. Also, the diversity of the residents and physicians reflect the diversity of the population we serve, which I think is very important. My hobbies include dancing, biking, going to open mic nights / live bands / performances, talking to new people, and traveling.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Wolday, Feven

Feven Wolday, M.D.

Resident Year:

2019

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.

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