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Congratulations Class of 2019

The Department held it's annual graduation dinner on June 2, 2019 at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside to celebrate the senior residents and fellows.

The evening began with a warm welcome by Dr. Robert Martin and an opening prayer by Dr. Jason Gatling. Everyone enjoyed delicious food while chatting and watching a photo slideshow of the graduates.


Dr. Elizabeth Ghazal presented the pediatric anesthesiology fellows: Drs. Tiffany Kim, Shilpi Mangla, and Michael Tulio. Dr. Melody Chang presented the critical care fellow: Dr. Carlos Sandoval. Dr. Ryan Lauer presented the cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellow: Dr. Melinda Eshelman.

The chief residents hosted a hilarious trivia game and awarded the following faculty members with the Excellence in Resident Education Award for their outstanding efforts: Drs. Edward McCluskey, Uoo Kim, and Scott Carver.

Dr. Jason Gatling recognized each senior resident individually and presented them with a framed certificate. 

Dr. Alexander Taborek was recognized as the Clinical Resident of the Year and Dr. Dustin Wailes was recognized as the Academic Resident of the Year and Research Resident of the Year

Dr. Lenart presented Drs. Hoang, La, Lien, Lupu, Taborek, Taylor, Dorothy Wang, and Tony Wang, with the Service Director Award.

It was a fun evening filled with laughs and good company. Congratulations Class of 2019! We will miss you all!


2019-2020 Chief Residents                                                                           


The Department is pleased to announce that Drs. Jason Daughety, Samantha Garvanovic, and Stuart Rammell have been appointed Chief Residents for the categorical anesthesiology residency program and Drs. Alexandra Chang and David Nurkse have been appointed Chief Residents for the combined anesthesiology/medicine residency program for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The Chief Residents are chosen for their leadership skills and clinical acumen. We look forward to each of them serving as teachers, role models, and colleagues. 

Please join us in congratulating them on this noteworthy achievement.

2019 Match                                                                                                         


We are extremely pleased to announce that both the categorical anesthesiology and the combined anesthesiology/ medicine residency programs filled all positions. Please join us in welcoming the individuals below to the department. Thank you to everyone involved in the interview process. 

Categorical Anesthesiology - Class of 2023

  • Richard Alexander - University of Utah

  • Richard Cervantes - University of Arizona

  • Samuel Chambi - Louisiana State University

  • Justin Graf - University of Rochester

  • Matthew Holsclaw - Ross University

  • Nicholas Kalekas - Touro University

  • Anh Nguyen - Lake Erie College

  • Dylan Pomerantz - Albany Medical College

  • Dennis Propp - University of Louisville

  • Dylan Rivera - University of Iowa

  • Jaime Sanchez - West Virginia University

  • Nayer Toma - Michigan State University

  • Ryan Wang - Northwestern University

  • Amber Williamson - Creighton University

Combined Anesthesiology/Medicine - Class of 2024

  • Mawusi Kamassah - Medical College of Wisconsin

  • Kathleen Valenzuela - Loma Linda University

Mission Trip to India - January 2019                                                        

In January, three residents - Dr. Donna Lien (PGY-5)Dr. Katherine Nurkse (PGY-4), and Dr. Dustin Wailes (PGY-4) had the opportunity to travel to India with Nitin Shah, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care for one week.

In Their Words

We are all incredibly grateful for the opportunity to travel to India and provide care to an underserved population. Here at Loma Linda, we are used to providing care to many people without medical insurance or regular medical care, but the complete lack of access to any modern medical care experienced by the patients we saw in India was an eye opening and novel experience. We spent time at multiple surgical camps and medical camps, as well as two days at a modern medical center in Surat. The majority of the surgical cases at the camps were done under spinal anesthesia, as there was a paucity of adequate anesthesia machines. It was very valuable to see the large variability of cases that can be performed successfully under only spinal, including laparoscopic abdominal procedures. Our training in internal medicine came in handy as we acted as internists at the medical camps, as well as performing knee and shoulder joint injections. Overall, the trip provided an invaluable new anesthesiology and internal medicine experience, and helped reinforce the reasons why we decided to become physicians.


Congratulations Dr. Justin Calvert

The residency program would like to congratulate PGY-4 Internal Medicine/ Anesthesiology Combined Program Resident, Dr. Justin Calvert for his acceptance of the ASA Scholarship. He was given the opportunity to join other members of ASA leadership in Washington, D.C. for a series of meetings with the Congressional staff and policymakers known as the "ASA Day in Washington." These discussions allowed Congressional staff to discuss current health care legislation and priorities, including surprise medical bills, improving rural access to care and supporting the physician-led anesthesia care team.  We are extremely proud of Dr. Calvert and his many noteworthy achievements.

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Welcome Dr. Amanda Chao

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The Department is pleased to welcome Amanda Chao, MD.


Dr. Chao earned her medical degree from Loma Linda University in 2014, where she also completed her anesthesiology residency in 2018. She was appointed Instructor and will be working in the division of General Anesthesiology.


Please join us in welcoming Dr. Chao to the Department.

Perioperative Surgical Home                                                                       

Our department is one of the first sites for the PSH! With a fellowship in place, and under the direction of Dr. Gary Stier, this program has already made great changes at LLU. More information about the PSH can be found on the ASA website.

Congratulations Dr. An La                                                                     

Class of 2019

Internal Medicine / Anesthesiology Combined Alumni


Congrats to one of our alumni, An La. She took on a Critical Care Fellowship at Stanford University as has recently been asked to stay on as attending staff. .


We are so proud of you!

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