Department of
Internal Medicine at Highland Hospital
A member of Alameda Health System

PGY 2


Maria Alvarado-Garcia, MD

Medical School:

University of California, Davis


Greatest Accomplishment:

Becoming a mom for the first time this year to Serafina and having the opportunity to see her grow into a wonderful person along with my husband who is one of the most loving and supportive partners a person can have. Another wonderful accomplishment is being able to serve and practice medicine back home in the bay area and being able grow as a physician at Highland, along side likeminded physicians.


Interesting Place Visited:

Having been born in Nicaragua after the revolution makes Nicaragua one of the most interesting places I have ever lived in. Another interesting place I have visited was Barcelona which surprised me with its richness in languages and their Catalan.



Claire Anicete, MD

Medical School:

St. George's University


Greatest Accomplishment:

Graduating from medical school and coming back to California for residency with the support of my fiancé, family, and friends!


Interesting Place Visited:

Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, Grenada



Melissa Chubbuck, MD

Medical School:

University of Washington


Greatest Accomplishment:

I think my greatest non-academic accomplishment has been the completion of three half-marathons in the past few years. I have no natural athletic ability at all, and the time commitment for training was significant, so this was a big deal to me. 


Interesting Place Visited:

My most interesting travel was actually during medical school, during which I spent time at hospitals and clinics in Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. I’m a city girl at heart, but it was great to see the differences between medical practices in these varied settings. My favorite chief complaint during my family med rotation, in Montana: “Ankle pain 2/2 jumped off of a tractor and got foot stuck in a gopher hole.” Favorite non-medical advice from an attending, in Alaska: “Oh, you’re going trail running? Here, I keep a can of bear spray for student use.”



Loc Duong, MD

Medical School:

University of Washington


Greatest Accomplishment:

Visiting most of the countries I’ve wanted to visit. Graduating from medical school. 


Interesting Place Visited:

Bagan, Myanmar with its countless pagodas stretched across the horizon.  



Dan Dutcher, MD

Medical School:

University of Minnesota


Greatest Accomplishment:

I became conversational in the ancient language of Tamazight while living in a small mountain village in Morocco for two years. I only remember pieces of the language now but I still smile when I think of how hard it was to learn the language and how malleable we are as humans!


Interesting Place Visited:

I was privileged to visit the farm where my Grandfather grew up in Vetlanda Sweden before he immigrated to the United States. 



Mira Elnan, MD

Medical School:

Rosalind Franklin University


Greatest Accomplishment:

Graduating medical school and getting into a wonderful residency program. 


Interesting Place Visited:

Nicaragua, US Virgin Islands, Tanzania, Uganda, Norway, New Caledonia, Tonga, and Tahiti



Dina Ginzberg, DO

Medical School:

Philadelphia College


Greatest Accomplishment:

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro while adventuring in Tanzania! 


Interesting Place Visited:

La Fortuna, Costa Rica! 



Palak Kumar, MD

Medical School:

St. George's University


Greatest Accomplishment:

Choosing to be in the medical field as my career choice and loving it as much as I do. And making it back to California for residency to continue this journey forward. 


Interesting Place Visited:

Every Monday night, at the south end of Grand Anse Beach in Grenada there is a hilarious and fun game of crab racing. Simply place your bets on hermit crabs and watch everyone cheer their crabs on. 



Suresh Maharjan, MBBS

Medical School:

Institute of Applied Health Sciences


Greatest Accomplishment:

Getting into residency at Highland Hospital.


Interesting Place Visited:

Annapurna Circuit Trail in Nepal, Cox’s Bazar and St. Martin’s island in Bangladesh.



Hanan Mohamed, MD

Medical School:

Addis Abada University


Greatest Accomplishment:

My persistence and determination that made all the impossible things happen!


Interesting Place Visited:

Seychelles and Maui



Nabeel Najmuddin, MD

Medical School:

St. George's University


Greatest Accomplishment:

Completing medical school and being able to come back to California for residency. I also once played a pick up game of basketball with Metta World Peace (then Ron Artest) who told me I have “nice moves.”


Interesting Place Visited:

Tobago Cays, I got to swim with turtles!



Ajay Ohri, MD

Medical School:

St. George's University


Greatest Accomplishment:

Marrying my beautiful wife after going through college at the University of California, Berkeley and medical school together.


Interesting Place Visited:

Lagavulin Distillery in Islay, Scotland 



Sudharshan Parthasarathy, MD

Medical School:

Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University 


Greatest Accomplishment:

Perserving through medical training.


Interesting Place Visited:

Budapest.



Radha Ramesh, MD

Medical School:

St. George's University


Greatest Accomplishment:

Marrying my best friend and getting to come back home for residency! 


Interesting Place Visited:

The Amalfi Coast in Italy



Jasmeen Randhawa, MD

Medical School:

St. George's University


Greatest Accomplishment:

My greatest accomplishment is completing medical school while balancing a long distance relationship (as a newlywed) and keeping my humor/personality intact. It was only possible because of the unconditional support from my amazing husband, family, and friends. I strive to be a lifelong learner of the art of medicine. 


Interesting Place Visited:

Dharamsala, India – Current home of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan government in exile; Auckland, New Zealand – Where “Kiwi” means New Zealander; Sorrento, Italy – Home of the famous Limoncello!; Grenada, West Indies – To carry out my greatest accomplishment - becoming a physician.



Tara Reid, MD

Medical School:

University of Washington


Greatest Accomplishment:

Finishing MD/PhD program with my family


Interesting Place Visited:

Accra, Ghana



Ann Robinson, MD

Medical School:

St. George's University


Greatest Accomplishment:

Finishing medical school and matching into residency at ACMC!


Interesting Place Visited:

Iceland and New Zealand  



Hesam Tavakoli, MD

Medical School:

St. George's University


Greatest Accomplishment:

Surviving in the middle of the Amazon rainforest and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. 


Interesting Place Visited:

Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Egypt, Bulgaria, Turkey, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, New Zealand, Kenya, Tanzania