Our Residents

Our residents come to our program with great diversity. They come from all parts of the country and with a broad range of experiences. What they have in common is a commitment to excellence and a desire to make the health care system better. This commonality is palpable throughout the program and is visible in the work the graduates do once they leave the program.

Chief Resident

hutchinson_elizabeth_M.D._2016Elizabeth Hutchinson, M.D.
Arizona State University, BA Anthropology
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Elizabeth grew up in Chicago, IL. Her interest in medicine first developed through studying about infectious diseases while earning a degree in anthropology at Arizona State University. Prior to medical school she worked in business and retail management. While completing pre-medical coursework, she volunteered at free clinics and worked as a scribe. During medical school she contributed to curriculum development projects and research in women's health and hematology & oncology. She enjoys running, yoga, cycling, and horseback riding.

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PGY-1 Roster

chrisbenderChris Bender, M.D.
M.D. University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
BS Physics, University of Oklahoma

Chris was born and raised in Eugene, OR, and attended the University of Oklahoma on a National Merit Scholarship where he majored in physics with minors in biology and international studies. During college, Christopher found his love for medicine volunteering with Cascade Medical Team as part of a group that traveled to rural Guatemala to provide healthcare for the underserved populations there. After college, he moved to Dallas, TX, where he completed medical school at UT Southwestern, graduating with a distinction in quality improvement and patient safety due to his work in the area of opioid stewardship. Christopher is very excited to return to the Pacific Northwest where he can pursue his outdoor interests including running, camping and hiking. He also enjoys cooking, travel and live music.

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mayelgashMay Elgash, M.D.
M.D. Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
BS Supply Chain Management, Arizona State University

Originally from East Africa, May grew up in England before relocating to Phoenix, AZ. She studied Supply Chain Management at Arizona State University and worked abroad in Shanghai and Los Angeles before deciding to apply to medical school. While attending medical school at Temple University, she conducted skin of color research and volunteered with the underserved community of North Philadelphia. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, group fitness classes, and spending time with her Cavachon puppy and significant other, who is a medicine resident at OHSU. She is excited to explore the beautiful PNW and will continue on as a dermatology resident at OHSU? after spending a year at Providence Portland.

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vanessaevohVanessa Evoh, M.D.
M.D. St. George’s University School of Medicine
MS Biomedical Sciences Drexel University
BS Biological Sciences, University of Missouri

Onyin Vanessa was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and relocated with her family to Humble, TX at the age of three. She left Humble for her undergraduate degree at the University of Missouri, followed by a Master’s degree in Philadelphia at Drexel University before beginning medical school at St. George’s University. As the child of a librarian, Onyin Vanessa is an avid reader who enjoys everything from science fiction to romance novels. She also enjoys attending concerts, practicing vinyasa yoga, and watching almost anything that Netflix has to offer.

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samyonitzhakovSamyon Itzhakov, D.O.
DO Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
BS Human Biology, Boise State University

Samyon is a first generation American who was born in Queens, New York and grew up in Meridian, Idaho. He attended Boise State University where he obtained an undergraduate degree in Human Biology. While at Boise State, he worked as a math and biology tutor and scribed for emergency department physicians. He then attended medical school at Pacific Northwest University in Yakima, Washington. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, movies, board games and yoga.

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changleeChang Lee, M.D.
M.D. Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
BA Music Performance-Double Bass, Temple University

Chang was raised in Philadelphia, PA, and graduated Temple University with a bachelor of Music in performance. He had a successful career as a classical double bassist, resigning from his tenured position as Associate Principal Double Bass of the Vancouver Symphony in British Columbia to pursue medicine. While in medical school at Oregon Health & Science University, he found his passion for helping the underserved, volunteering in outreach efforts and leading interest groups with similar missions, and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Chang enjoys the broad scope of internal medicine and is interested in primary care after residency. Outside of medicine, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, trying new restaurants, spending time outdoors, and continues to perform music as a member of the Portland Opera Orchestra.

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julianaliangJuliana Liang, M.D.
M.D. University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix
BS Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Arizona

Juliana grew up in San Francisco, California. She attended the University of Arizona and earned a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology, with a minor in Mathematics. Juliana worked in a dermatopathology laboratory before completing medical school at the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix. Outside of the hospital, Juliana loves yoga, hiking, cooking, reading and exploring Portland with her soon-to-be-husband. After completing internship, Juliana will continue her training in diagnostic radiology at Creighton University/MMC.

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kelleynewtonKelley Newton, M.D.
M.D. Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
MS Molecular Biology, Portland State University
BS Biology, Reed College

Kelley grew up in Billings, Montana before moving to Portland where she attended Reed College. After earning her bachelor’s degree in biology, she went on to obtain a master’s degree at Portland State University where her research focused on DNA repair and replication. During graduate school, Kelley had several volunteer positions including working with patients at Outside In and hospice. These experiences helped to inform her decision to pursue a career in medicine and she completed her medical degree at OHSU. Kelley’s professional interests include addiction medicine, infectious disease and improving care for underserved populations. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, reading, baking, and exploring the Pacific NW with her partner and their amazing Dalmatian, Zero.

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zacksensingZack Sensing, M.D.
M.D. Meharry Medical College
MS Biomolecular Science, Lipscomb University
BS Biology, Lipscomb University

Zack grew up in a small town in rural Middle Tennessee. A fascination with human physiology prompted him pursue a BS in Biology as well as a MS in Biomolecular Science at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. After briefly considering a career in research, he realized that patient care was where his true passions lie. He completed his medical degree at Meharry Medical College, where he developed a passion for the service of underserved patient populations. Zack has lived in Middle Tennessee his entire life and decided when applying to residency that it was time to explore a new part of the country. He is excited to have the opportunity to come to the Pacific Northwest and join the PPMC family. Outside of the hospital, Zack enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking, trying new foods/restaurants, playing the piano, and travel.

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haydensmithHayden Smith, M.D.
M.D. Creighton University School of Medicine
BS Bioinformatics & Molecular Biology, Brigham Young University

Hayden Smith grew up in Beaverton, OR where he developed his love of the outdoors, including mountain biking, hiking and snowboarding. During his undergraduate years at BYU, he studied Bioinformatics and researched DNA evidence of evolution. For medical school he went to America’s heartland in Omaha, Nebraska, at Creighton University. It was there that he developed an interest in Infectious Diseases and molecular diagnostics. In his free time with his wife and two children, he enjoys going to local parks or watching the Portland Timbers match.

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jeffsmithJeff Smith, M.D.
M.D. Duke University School of Medicine
PhD Biochemistry, Duke University
BS Neurobiology, Chemistry, University of Washington

Jeff grew up in Richland, Washington and completed his undergraduate degree in neurobiology at the University of Washington. At UW, he discovered his love for patient care and basic research, studying how receptors regulate stress and addiction in the lab of Charles Chavkin while also volunteering at under deserved clinics in Seattle. He matriculated in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Duke University and continued to study receptor biology with Sudarshan Rajagopal and Nobel laureate Robert Lefkowitz, earning a PhD in biochemistry. His thesis work uncovered new signaling pathways at chemokine receptors that drive inflammatory responses. Outside the hospital, Jeff enjoys backpacking, snowboarding, and basketball. After completing internship, Jeff will continue training in both basic research and clinical Dermatology at Harvard.

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codywienchCody Wiench, M.D.
M.D. University of Utah School of Medicine
BS Biology & Microbiology, University of Idaho

Cody was born in Spokane, WA but grew up on a dirt road in Spirit Lake, Idaho. He attended the University of Idaho where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and majored in Biology. After graduation, he worked in a research lab studying tumors in Tasmanian devils and made the decision to go into medicine due to his love of working with others and science. He attended medical school at the University of Utah and discovered his passion for inpatient internal medicine. In his free time, he enjoys lifting weights, camping, hiking, backpacking, survival skills, watching The Office or crime drama on Netflix. He is super excited to get to know the people of Portland and to start his career here! Oregon has so much nature to explore, so that’s where you’ll find him when he’s not working.

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sarahxieSarah Xie, D.O.
DO Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
BSPH Public Health Sciences, University of California-Irvine

Sarah was born in Guangzhou, China but grew up in the Greater Los Angeles Area with her two younger siblings. She is a self-described jack-of-all-trades and had dabbled in many creative endeavors ranging from script writing, ballroom dancing, to computer programming. She had an early affinity for solving complex puzzles, which ultimately led to her love of internal medicine. Sarah graduated from University of California, Irvine with a degree in Public Health Sciences and a minor in Psychology. Prior to medical school, she worked in online marketing and took time off to backpack internationally. In her free time, Sarah enjoys exploring new places, playing with her mischievous cat, Boo Boo, hunting for treasures at local swap meets, or curling up with a good book.

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chriszinsmeisterChris Zinsmeister, M.D.
M.D. Wake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
BS Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Miami

Chris grew up in Lake Oswego, OR. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Miami and completed his medical degree at Wake Forest. Chris is excited to return back to the Pacific Northwest. His hobbies include basketball, exploring Portland’s food scene, and spending time outdoors with his German Shepherd dog. Chris is also very active with Special Olympics. He helps coach both basketball and softball. After his year at PPMC, Chris will head to OHSU for his diagnostic radiology residency.

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PGY-2 Roster

AndrewArmstrongAndrew Armstrong, M.D.
BS Cell & Molecular Biology, Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Andrew was born and raised in Dallas, Texas where he spent much of his youth playing baseball and going on camping trips. While studying Cell & Molecular Biology at Texas Tech University, he was selected as an undergraduate research scholar and worked in a lab investigating bacterial cell communication in wound infections. It was here he became drawn to patient care and decided to pursue medicine. As a medical student at Texas Tech, he conducted research on inflammatory responses following burn wounds. It was also during his time in college that he first visited Oregon on a camping trip to Crater Lake National Park and knew he would one day live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Andrew also enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, learning to cook and traveling the world with his wife.

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BrieannaBrownBrieanna Brown, M.D.
BS Biology, University of Portland
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Brieanna grew up in Hillsboro, OR and earned her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Portland. During her studies, she conducted research in molecular biology as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute student researcher at Oregon Health & Science University. After graduation, her love of molecular biology and how it impacts human disease lead her to pursue work as a research assistant studying immunology. While in medical school, she continued this research, as well as mentored under-served/under-represented pre-medical students from the Portland area. Outside of medicine, Brie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking and enjoying the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

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GeraldHutflesGerald Hutfles, D.O.
BA Biology, Kansas State University
DO Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences
MA Bioethics Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences

Gerald grew up in a small town in northwest Kansas with his three brothers and one sister. He then attended Kansas State University to complete his undergraduate degree in Biology, with a minor in German language studies. Gerald completed a Masters of Bioethics and began medical school. During medical school, he developed a strong interest in education of both students and patients, which he hopes he can bring to his practice. He also has a penchant for the study of medical ethics and infectious disease. While he is not practicing medicine, he enjoys the outdoors and is glad to relocate to the Pacific Northwest. Gerald also entertains other interests such as rock climbing, brewing, reading, and using video games to stay in touch with family and friends.

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VanessaNwaokochaVanessa Nwaokocha, M.D.
BA Cultural Anthropology & Chemistry, Duke University
St. George’s University School of Medicine

Vanessa was born in Lagos, Nigeria before relocating to Chicago with her family. From a very young age, she was exposed to the medical field due to the overwhelming number of her family members in medicine. She actualized her dream by going off to Duke University where she was a pre-med student who majored in cultural anthropology and minored in chemistry. Studying cultural anthropology gave her the opportunity to study abroad in Italy, which sparked her curiosity to see more of the world. In addition to traveling, Vanessa spends her free time with family and friends, dancing, eating, volunteering at her community women’s shelter, and trying to master techniques in crossfit. She has her heart set on doing research to help with advancements in the field of hematology/oncology.

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EricRyanEric Ryan, M.D.
BA Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Eric grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in molecular biology. Throughout college, he took several trips to Kenya and Uganda, where he worked alongside both volunteer and local physicians. He attended the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he participated in volunteer and research projects aimed at helping underserved populations, decreasing harm from opiates and effectively treating pain in the hospital. In his free time, Eric enjoys skiing, rock climbing, attending concerts, and hanging out with his dog, Beckham.

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RachaelStarcherRachael Starcher, M.D.
BA Religion, The George Washington University
Marshall University Joan C Edwards School of Medicine
MA Religion Vanderbilt University

Rachael grew up in Rush, Kentucky, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains before moving to Washington, DC, for college. In undergraduate and graduate school, she studied religion and had multiple opportunities to travel to the Middle East. Upon returning to Appalachia for medical school, Rachael shifted her focus to addressing health disparities, particularly in rural communities. This continues to be her major focus, with particular emphasis on intercultural barriers to health care and help seeking. In her free time, she likes running, cycling, playing with her mini goldendoodle Barley, collecting badges and check-ins on Untappd, enjoying gourmet food and fine wine, and spending time with her very supportive and close-knit family.

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BrandonTemteBrandon Temte, D.O.
BS Human Physiology, University of Iowa
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
MA Biomedical Sciences Midwestern University

Brandon was born in Iowa City, IA and then later moved to La Crosse, WI where he grew up playing golf and creating music as a singer/songwriter. Brandon returned to Iowa City to complete an undergraduate degree in Human Physiology at the University of Iowa. He then completed a yearlong masters at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL before attending medical school at Des Moines University in Iowa. Brandon most enjoys about medicine is patient-centered care and treating each patient as a whole. He is interested in pulmonary/critical care following residency. In his free time, Brandon enjoys biking, playing music, basketball, snowboarding, cooking, being outdoors, and hanging out with friends and family.

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HongXuHong Xu, M.B.B.S.
MS Genetics, Oregon State University
BMed Bengbu Medical College

Hong was born and grew up in Shanghai, China. She was inspired to be a doctor when she was a child after shadowing a neighbor doctor at work for a day. Upon finishing medical school, she decided to follow her father's footstep to pursue a career in medical research. She obtained a master’s degree studying genetics and molecular biology at Oregon State University. Subsequently, she conducted research on glaucoma and HIV vaccine for a number of years at OHSU. An opportunity to serve as a medical interpreter reignited her passion for patient care which led her back to medicine. During her free time, Hong enjoys yoga, meditation, hiking, reading, watching sitcoms, and spending time with family and friends.

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PGY-3 Roster

BrieChunM.D.Brie Chun, M.D.
BS Biology, BA Dance, University of Washington
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Brie grew up in Silverdale, Washington with her brother and sister. A lifelong dancer, she graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Dance and Biology, and spent an interim year before medical school as a freelance modern dancer in Seattle. She attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine where she continued to develop her interest in medical humanities as a Hook Scholar. She was also active in an insulin telemedicine program through the local free clinic and in an arts-based interprofessional end-of-life care educational initiative. Among other hobbies, Brie enjoys rock climbing and skiing with her soon-to-be husband, yoga, cooking and the performing arts.

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AlexanderDreisinAlexander Dreisin, M.B.B.S.
BS Finance, Washington University in St. Louis
University of Queensland School of Medicine/Ochsner Clinical School

Alex was born and raised in Portland, Oregon before moving to St. Louis to complete his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Alex then returned to Portland where he spent several years volunteering with the Children’s Cancer Association and where he was able to mentor children undergoing chemotherapy. Alex also worked as a scribe in the Legacy Emanuel ED before leaving for Australia to attend medical school at the University of Queensland. Alex spent his pre-clinical years studying in Brisbane, and completed his clinical clerkship at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. It has always been his dream to practice in Portland and he is very happy to be a part of the Providence family. In his free time, Alex enjoys playing tennis and is trying to hone his golf game. 

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GhebremichaelRahwaM.D.2016Rahwa Ghebremichael, M.D.
Stanford University, BS Biological Sciences, BA Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Rahwa was born in Manhattan, NY and raised in Los Angeles, CA with her 3 younger siblings. She completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University, did research for 3 years and obtained an MPH from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She then worked for several years as a hospital infection prevention specialist/clinical epidemiologist in Oregon before finally (FINALLY!) pursuing her dream of becoming a physician. Her personal interests are many but, these days, her hobbies are few. She takes great pleasure from spending quality time with her husband and children, meditating and exploring the beauty of Oregon. Her professional interests include primary care, HIV medicine, clinical research and working with underserved/refugee populations.

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LynnKemperLynn Kemper, M.D.
BA History, UC Berkeley
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Lynn was raised in a small town in northern California. She attended the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in history. Prior to medical school, she travelled the world working in international and online banking. The desire to be closer to her family brought Lynn to Portland more than ten years ago. Volunteering has long been a part of her life, from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to the pediatric ED and the Southwest Community Health Center. Lynn enjoys spending her free time with family and her dog Abby.

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HiromichiParkHiromichi Park, D.O.
BS Human Physiology, Boston University
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hiro is a proud native of the Silver State, where he grew up and attended high school in Las Vegas, Nevada. He completed his undergraduate education at Boston University with a concentration in Human Physiology. Hiro then returned to Las Vegas where he worked as a research technician in a Microbiology lab that studied Shigella flexneri. He traveled to Central America and served on a medical mission trip where he found his interest in communicable diseases and aspires to pursue a career in Infectious Diseases in the future. Outside of practicing the art of medicine, Hiro enjoys playing his electric guitar and training in the Martial arts of Kendo and Capoeira.

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StevenPhanSteven Phan, M.D.
BS Biology, Oregon State University
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Steven grew up in Portland, Oregon, graduated from Cleveland High School and earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from Oregon State University. Prior to medical school, he worked as a medical assistant and an EMT. He has a special interest in health literacy and hopes to continue promoting health literacy at the clinical level. In his free time he enjoys traveling and enjoying different types of cuisines with his wife, golfing, fishing and long walks on the beach.

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schneider_markMark Schneider, M.D.
M.D. Loma Linda University School of Medicine
MBA Loma Linda University
BS Bioengineering, Walla Walla University

Mark and his family are thrilled to be back in Oregon as he joins the Internal Medicine Residency team as a second year resident. He was born in Portland and raised amongst the splendor of the Willamette Valley. He fostered his love of science and mathematics at Walla Walla University with a degree in bioengineering. He completed medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Southern California, where he also attained an MBA. He completed his intern year of Internal Medicine at Loma Linda University, before beginning active duty service in the United States Air Force as a Flight Surgeon. Over the past six years he has had many exciting and unique experiences taking care of (and flying with) pilots and other service members all around the world, but they pale in comparison to being home, together as a family, in Oregon.

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VeronicaSchimsVeronica Schims, D.O.
BS Biology, University of Washington
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest

Veronica grew up in Bellingham, Washington and attended the University of Washington. Between her studies, she spent time playing soccer, music and working construction in Washington’s San Juan Islands. Curious about life outside the PNW, she ventured to Mississippi to complete her Master’s degree and worked for several years as a nurse assistant. Finding that she loved patient care and meeting others within the medical field, she decided to attend medical school. In her spare time, Veronica likes to stay active, hike through state and national parks, listen to podcasts and live music and spend time with family and friends.

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EmmaWhiteEmma White, M.D.
BS, Biological Chemistry & Russian, Bates College
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Emma was born in New Jersey but grew up on an island in Washington State. She did undergrad at Bates College where she studied biological chemistry and Russian, with a minor in rowing. Four years of collegiate crew wasn’t enough so, she coached rowing for two years while working in an ER and preparing for medical school. She then returned to her New Jersey roots for medical school. At school in CaM.D.en, Emma was passionate about providing high value care to uninsured city residents at the student-run free clinic. Emma’s professional interests include coordination of care, geriatrics, health policy/economics, critical care medicine and palliative care. When she’s not in the hospital she loves to run, row, hike and be outside. On a perfect day you will find her on the trail or in a boat with friends.

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CameronWilsonCameron Wilson, M.D.
BS Biochemistry, MS Polymers & Coatings Science, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California
University of Miami School of Medicine

Cameron was born and raised in Half Moon Bay, California and attended Cal Poly for BS and MS degrees. Cameron focused on biotech research and worked in medical devices for a few years. He decided to go to medical school to balance his research with patient care. Cameron enjoys biking, rock climbing and hiking. His professional interests are in palliative/hospice medicine and hospitalist medicine.

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