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Core Academic Faculty

Dr. Jennifer OakesJennifer Oakes, MD
Designated Institutional Official

Medical School: Upstate Medical University, State University of New York, Syracuse, NY
Residency: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Affiliated
Fellowship: Medical Toxicology - Emory University School of Medicine / CDC Georgia Poison Center   
Professional Interests: Critical and acute care toxicology, complementary and herbal medications and their toxicology, medical education
Hobbies: Knitting, spinning

Dr. Brian WoodBrian Wood, MD
Program Director

Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital, CT
Fellowship: Medical Education Leadership, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Professional Interests: Medical education
Hobbies: Hiking, gardening, baking bread, spending time with family

Brett D. Cherrington, MDBrett D. Cherrington, MD
Associate Program Director

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Residency: Upstate University Hospital, Syracuse NY
Fellowship: Medical Toxicology at Upstate University Hospital
Professional Interests: Toxicology, medical Education
Hobbies: Outdoors, sports, music, church, family

Dr. Anatoliy Goltser, MDAnatoliy Goltser, MD
Assistant Program Director

Medical School: Drexel
Residency: Maimonides, Emergency Medicine (Brooklyn, NY)
Professional Interests: Critical Care, Sports Medicine
Hobbies: Weightlifting, skiing, mountain biking, changing diapers

Kimberly Ai Vy Pham, DOKimberly Ai Vy Pham, DO
Assistant Program Director

Medical School: Western University of Health Science, COMP
Residency: St Joseph’s Medical Center- Stockton, CA


Terry Ahern, MDTerry Ahern, MD

Medical School: KECK School of Medicine of USC
Residency: Highland Hospital- Oakland, CA
Hobbies: Climbing, skiing, reading Sci-fi novels, coaching children’s sports, and spending time with my family


Denise Ammon, MDDenise Ammon, MD
Assistant Facility Medical Director

Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Residency: Kings County Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Hobbies: Traveling, good eats, wine, outdoors, watching reality TV

Omar Amr, MDOmar Amr, MD
GME US Director and Clinical ED US Director

Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Residency: University of California, Irvine
Hobbies: Water polo, water sports

Scott Bugsch, MD Scott Bugsch, MD
EM Clerkship Director

Medical School: University of Queensland
Residency: St Joseph’s Medical Center- Stockton, CA
Hobbies: Gardening, watching documentaries, listening to podcasts, scuba diving, and wildlife viewing

Sahiba Chandel, MD Sahiba Chandel, MD

Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Residency: New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
Fellowship: EM Ultrasound- New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
Professional Interests: Ultrasound, Ultrasound Research
Hobbies: Playing with my Dog, Outdoor activities, hiking and traveling

Tiffany Chioma Anaebere, MDTiffany Chioma Anaebere, MD
Director, Special Projects and Innovation

Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine
Residency: Highland Hospital, Oakland, CA
Professional Interests: Diversity in medicine, Quality improvement, patient education, healthcare utilization, mental health/wellness
Hobbies: Travel, food, fitness, spending time with friends/family

Zachary Haberman, MDZachary Haberman, MD

Medical School: University of Southern California
Residency: LA County+USC Medical Center
Hobbies: Skiing, traveling, watching football

Matthew Kiefer, MDMatthew Kiefer, MD
Director of Simulation

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Highland Hospital, Oakland, CA
Fellowship: Medical Simulation, UC Davis
Professional Interests: Simulation, medical education, ultrasound
Hobbies: Sailing/kayaking/canoeing, playing music, spending time with my family

Teri Kozik, RN, PhDTeri Kozik, RN, PhD
GME Research Director

PhD: University of Arizona in Tucson
Hobbies: Hiking, paddleboarding, spending time with the grandkids and relaxing in my vegetable garden


David Loughran, MDDavid Loughran, MD
Medical Toxicology Core Faculty

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Residency: Albany Medical Center-Albany, NY
Fellowship: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Medical Toxicology Fellowship-Newark, NJ
Hobbies: Backpacking, canoeing, snorkeling, skiing, aquascaping, drawing

Gary Olds, MDGary Olds, MD
Transitional Year Program Director

Medical School: Oregon Health & Sciences University
Residency: University of Arizona- Tucson, AZ
Hobbies: Eating breakfast foods, watching college football, playing video games

Zina Semenovskaya, MD FAWMZina Semenovskaya, MD FAWM
Wilderness Medicine and Global Health

Medical School: Weill Cornell Medical College
Residency: SUNY Downstate / Kings County
Fellowship: Wilderness Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center 
Professional Interests: Conservation medicine, global health, search and rescue, aeromedical retrieval, disaster relief, POC ultrasound
Hobbies: Hiking, backcountry and downhill skiing, kayaking, international travel, spending time with my husband, daughter and dogs

Katherine Shafer, MDKatherine Shafer, MD
EMS Medical Director

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital
Professional Interests: EMS, pediatrics, critical care
Hobbies: Traveling, kayaking, riding horses, and cooking

Yasamin Soltanianzadeh, MDYasamin Soltanianzadeh, MD
GME Simulation Director

Medical School: George Washington School of Medicine
Residency: Mount Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt, New York, NY
Fellowship: Simulation - Mount Sinai Morningside West, New York, NY
Professional Interests: Emergency Medicine through education and innovation, Simulation
Hobbies: Ballet, Iranian dance, Flamenco, hiking and biking

Ting Xu Tan, MDTing Xu Tan, MD
Ultrasound Fellowship Director

Medical School:
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Residency: Yale New Haven Hospital; Emergency Medicine Residency
Fellowship: Ultrasound-Stanford University
Hobbies: Hanging out with friends & loved ones, traveling, whittling, woodworking

Benjamin Wiederhold, MDBenjamin Wiederhold, MD
Chair, St. Joseph's Emergency Department

Medical School:
University of California San Francisco
Residency: Highland Hospital, Oakland, CA
Professional Interests: Quality improvement, ED operations, ultrasound, resuscitation medicine, medical education
Hobbies: Wake surfing, really any kind of surfing, high adventure hiking, family and coaching kids sports teams, travel



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