Class of 2017

Class of 2017

Christine Barthe, MD

My name is Christine Barthe and I grew up in Colorado Springs, CO. I went to the University of CO-Boulder for my undergrad degree, where I studied Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.  After I graduated, I took a year off to work at Planned Parenthood. This experience sparked my interest in women’s health and preventive medicine. 

I then moved out to the east coast to attend New York Medical College. Throughout my third year, I found that I enjoyed something about every rotation. I finished the year with family medicine, which really brought everything together for me. I liked the continuity of care with patients and the integration of many different areas of medicine, including women’s health, OB, sports medicine, global health, medicine and peds.

I chose UCSD because of the program’s commitment to community and underserved populations as well as the amazing residents and faculty. I’ve also always wanted to live near the beach so San Diego was a perfect fit!

Jen Duong, MD

I was born in Vietnam and grew up in Manchester, NH. I have the pleasure of being a double Jumbo - I graduated from Tufts University in Boston with a degree in Economics and went on to Tufts for medical school. During this time, I've researched the impact of different economics policies on public health, the effect of adoption of foreign born children to American parents, and mentored first generation Asian American high school females, in the process helping to develop workshops around issues such as race identity, peer pressure, and sexual education. 

I chose family medicine because I love the variety it has to offer. In addition, I believe in the healing power of a strong patient-doctor relationship. My current interests lie in integrative medicine and women's health. I came to UCSD because of the strong core curriculum, as well as its phenomenal residents. I knew it was the place for me when I didn't want to leave the interview dinner the night before. 

My interests outside of medicine include cooking, crocheting/ knitting, reading and hanging out with friends and family. I am extremely excited for the variety of outdoor activities that San Diego has to offer and can't wait to eat all the amazing food. 

Fernando Liquido, MD

I was born in the 808 State! Growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii was a blast.  After many years of enjoying the warm beaches and rolling waves of the south shore, I decided to attend Boston College for my undergraduate education.  I met a bunch of great people and enjoyed the culture of Boston while pursuing a degree in Biochemistry.  Although I loved my friends, as well as the city, I was happy to escape those frigid winters and return to Hawaii for medical school. 

Going into medical school I always had family medicine on my radar.  However, it wasn’t until my third year that I developed a strong desire to make family medicine a life-long career.  From my mentors, I could see that the principles of comprehensively caring for patients not only help foster great doctors, but also great people.  I chose UCSD because I sensed that this program would help me realize those goals.  The faculty is very approachable and great teachers.  The residents take care of each other and the staff keep the program well organized.

I enjoy aquatic activities (surfing, bodyboarding and bodysurfing).  I also love rock climbing, soccer, and basketball.

Lon Manson, MD

I was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. As the youngest of three kids, the majority of my childhood was spent outdoors playing soccer, swimming, hiking, windsurfing and snowboarding.  I took after both my brother and sister by going to Gonzaga University for college. While obtaining a BS in Exercise Science, my experiences revolved mostly around college basketball and running a program that combined drama and athletics, for people with intellectual disabilities. I love the Northwest and all of its beauty, but chose a different route for medical school… sunny Southern California. I graduated from the Keck School of Medicine at USC in 2013, and originally pursued a residency in ENT in Memphis, TN. However, it didn’t take me long to recognize that the practice mentality and lifestyle of surgeons were not for me. I missed having face time with patients and treating my patients as a whole.

I returned to Family Medicine because it allows me to treat anything I'm comfortable with while still practicing hands on medicine.  San Diego was an easy choice for me to make for multiple reasons. After leaving Southern California I missed the weather, outdoors, and year-round water sports. But after my interview with the faculty and spending time with the residents, I knew UCSD was the best fit for me. I've already started progress (albeit slow) towards learning to surf, kite board and free dive, and I'm excited to be a part of this great team and well-rounded program!

Samar Rashid, DO

I was born in the lovely town of Katy, Texas. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in Psychology and Global Health, I moved to New York City to work at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. While working at Sloan, I realized how important nutrition and healthy life choices are to the healing process. I got certified as a health coach and moved back to Texas for medical school at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Training in osteopathic medicine was the perfect setting to nurture my interests in integrative nutrition, culinary medicine, and mind-body healing.

In my third year of medical school, I shared recent health studies, recipes, mindful movement tips with the social media world through my blog. It has also been a catalyst for me to explore new areas of medicine and nutrition to stimulate ideas for each new blog post!

When I am not at the hospital, you can find me on my yoga mat or in the kitchen whipping up a healthy version of a sinful treat. I also love ecotourism and enjoy visiting (and working at) biodynamic farms everywhere from Costa Rica to South Africa. Exercise is my daily therapy and when that doesn’t do the trick, what I love most of all is laughing with my loved ones.

Adam Sacks, MD

I was born and raised in sunny San Diego.  I ventured off to the south for undergrad at Emory University, then headed up north to Philadelphia for medical school at Drexel.  During medical school I fell in love with almost every aspect of medicine and knew the broad scope of Family Medicine would be the only specialty that could satisfy my diverse interests.

I chose UCSD for its friendly residents, strong academic teaching, and diversity of people and interests.

Outside of work, I enjoy being active and outdoors: exploring hikes, oceans, and different cultures.  I enjoy surfing, running, biking, live music, meditating, and spending time with good friends and family. 

Uziel Sauceda (aka Uzi), MD

I am originally from Los Mochis Sinaloa, Mexico and moved to Orange county CA when I was 8 years old. I spent most of my early life living in different places in southern California and even 2 years in Salt Lake City UT; my parents were for the most part very nomadic. I finished high school in Moreno Valley CA. My undergraduate studies started in Riverside Community College and I finished at UC Riverside BS in Biological Sciences-Environmental Toxicology. I completed my medical training at UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider program in Biomedical sciences. And now I find myself in the wonderful city of San Diego for Family Med residency!

Personally, I enjoy staying active by doing standard exercise: push ups, pull ups, sit ups, squats, and all other sorts of non-equipment required activities. I love martial arts, did Okinawan karate for 6 years in my pre med years (got to brown belt), and recently started Judo training. I used to be a long distance runner back in late teens but hope I can get back into it. I am recently married, and very happy currently. I also enjoy family time and spiritual time at church; it helps in overall wellness.

In the context of medicine, I have many interests including Sports Medicine, Spanish speaking underserved population, and if possible to do medical mission trips to latin America (which is one thing I would definitely love to experience). I really feel I will get a great experience here in SD these 3 years, and am hoping to land a sports fellowship afterward.

Sunnie Wang, MD

I grew up in Phoenix, AZ and then went to Cornell University for undergrad, where I majored in Policy Analysis and Management. After graduation, I moved to New York City where I worked as a financial analyst at Standard & Poor’s and bartended in various dive bars around the city. When I finally found medicine as my calling, I did a post-bacc program in Boston and eventually landed at the University of Cincinnati for medical school.

I knew it was time to come back to warm weather, but I was drawn to UCSD in particular because of the awesome faculty and residents I met on interview day. They were smart, fun, down-to-earth and all seemed truly happy to be here. My current interests within family medicine include geriatrics, women’s health, preventative medicine, and working with underserved communities.

Outside the hospital, I love travelling, finding great restaurants with friends, biking, rollerblading, or running at the beach, rock climbing, and hopefully squeezing in some hip hop classes at the dance studio. I am so excited to be able to train with such a fabulous group of people in sunny San Diego for the next three years! 

Jan Weichsel, MD

Hi! My name is Jan Weichsel, pronounced like “yawn”. I am originally from Poland but grew up in Tucson, Arizona where I attended the University of Arizona and graduated with degrees in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Spanish. I continued at the University of Arizona for my medical education where I had unique opportunities to study abroad in Costa Rica and teach health education to inmates at the Pima County Jail.

I chose UCSD because of the program’s commitment to underserved populations, the setting at a strong academic center and most importantly the genuine camaraderie I felt among the residents and faculty. I look forward to developing my skills as a physician and pursuing my emerging interests in Sports Medicine and Integrative Medicine with the excellent training that I am confident I will receive at UCSD.

I am very excited about everything that living in San Diego has to offer. I grew up playing soccer and I definitely plan to continue playing on a team here during my free time. I am also looking forward spending as much time as possible on the beach, searching for the perfect fish taco and learning to surf!