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Current Residents and Fellows

Lee, Whayoung

Whayoung Lee, MD


Whayoung (or, Why) was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She earned her MD. from Ewha Womans University School of Medicine and completed her intern year at Samsung Medical Center in Seoul. She later conducted xenotransplantation research at the Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, where she investigated humoral immune reactions against porcine carbohydrate antigens in various tissues. At Pitt, she was accepted to the Ocular Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Ophthalmology (OTERO) Research Program Fellowship and was a recipient of the TTS-IXA Young Investigator Award. After completing AP/CP training, she will be pursuing GI/Liver fellowship at UCI. Why is a self-proclaimed foodie, enjoys watching movies, and loves to travel.

Nakasaki, Manando

Manando Nakasaki, MD, PhD


Manando was born in Kure, Japan. He received his MD from Osaka University. He later earned his PhD in orthopedics at Osaka University after pursuing his residency in orthopedic surgery. He then moved to the US and pursued postdoctoral research at the University of California, San Diego, where his work focused on how altered tissue stiffness affects the progression of fibrosis. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Tae, and their son and daughter. Manando will be pursuing bone and soft tissue pathology training after residency.

Tsai, Tsung-Lin

Tsung-Lin Tsai, MD, PhD


Tsung-Lin was born in Tainan City, Taiwan. After earning his MD from the National Taiwan University School of Medicine, he served in the Navy as a military doctor for one year. He then came to the United States in 2008 and began pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focused on studying the bone marrow niche for mesenchymal stem cells and using the stem cells with biomaterial scaffolds for musculoskeletal tissue engineering. He received the New Investigator Recognition Award at the Annual Meeting of the Orthopedic Research Society in 2015. Tsung-Lin enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with his family. He will go to NIH for Transfusion Medicine fellowship after residency.


Jamie Nakagiri, MD


Jamie was born in Thousand Oaks, California. She received her BA in Psychology, with a concentration in Neuroscience, at Boston College, where she also minored in music. She earned her MD at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys going to theme parks and is a self-proclaimed Disney fanatic. She is pursuing AP/CP training.


Sami Souccar, MD


Sami was born in Damascus, Syria, and moved to the United States following high school to attend California State University, Long Beach, where he received his BS in Computer Science. He then went on to earn his MD degree from St. George’s University, and conducted research regarding Intracystic Papillary Carcinoma and also published a forensic case report of fatal Chikungunya. Outside of medicine, Sami enjoys playing basketball, running, traveling, and spending time with his family. Sami is pursuing AP/CP training.


Jana Tarabay, MD


Born and raised in Lebanon, Jana attended the Lebanese University in Beirut, where she earned her MD After graduation, she moved to the United States and joined the Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, where she conducted several research projects focusing on single ventricle physiology, transcatheter heart valves, and septal occluder devices. Besides medicine and research, Jana enjoys hiking, biking, and swimming, and loves traveling and spending time with her family. Jana is pursuing AP/CP training.


Jack Guccione, MD


Jack was born and raised in beautiful northern California with his two brothers. After graduating from Humboldt State University with a degree in Biology, he perused his interest in medicine by joining various medical-relief organizations to provide medical care in rural parts of Nigeria, Guyana, South America, the Philippines and Greece. During Medical School at Loma Linda University, he fell in love with the field of Pathology. He also fell in love with his now-wife, Michelle Kim (Psychiatry) - they are both residents at UC Irvine Health. Jack is pursuing AP/CP training with a special interest in dermatopathology with research experience in Allergic contact dermatitis and infectious disease of the skin. Jack enjoys tennis, swimming, and spending time with his two dogs, Doc and Brady. 


Jane Ly, MD


Jane was born in Vietnam but immigrated to the US with her parents when she was two years old. She grew up in Monterey Park until her family moved to Arizona, where she attended Arizona State University for her degrees in political science and foreign languages and then the University of Arizona - Phoenix for her MD. In her spare time, she likes playing board games and following entirely too many eSports leagues. She is pursuing AP training.


Joaquin Ponce-Zepeda, MD


I am a native of the Los Angeles area, attended undergrad at UC Irvine and medical school at AUC, and have been passionate about patient care since I was 16. I was eager to join the field of Pathology as there is currently an exciting movement in translational research that can push the world of Medicine to newfound heights.  During medical school, I enjoyed learning about the mechanisms of different cancers, which motivated me to be on the ground floor of diagnosis and analyzation of the interworkings of cancer.  We are currently in the molecular age of cancer diagnosis with an ever-growing array of biomarkers, and I want to help bridge the gap between the hospital floor and the lab bench. Being able to give back to my home community as a physician has always been a dream of mine, therefore I am very thankful to the UC Irvine family for allowing me to be a part of their team.  Go Anteaters!  Zot, zot, zot!


Jack Reid, MD


Jack was born and raised in Burma. He attended the University of California, Riverside, where he received a BS in Neuroscience. He then received his MD from Ross University School of Medicine. Jack is pursuing AP/CP training with a special interest in hematopathology and molecular genetic pathology. In his spare time, he enjoys basketball, swimming, surfing, and spending time with his wife and two dogs, Junior and Oreo.


Sherehan Zada, M.D.


Sherehan was born and raised in Aleppo, Syria. She earned her MD from Aleppo University of Medical Sciences. After obtaining her medical degree, she completed a residency in dermatology. After completing her residency, she moved to the United States and completed several rotations in pathology. Her current academic interests include dermatopathology and gastrointestinal pathology. Sherehan is currently pursuing AP/CP training. Besides medicine Sherehan enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, traveling and loves spending time with her husband and two kids.

Haijuan Gao

Haijuan Gao, M.D., Ph.D.


Sami Neupane

Samikshya Neupane, M.D.


Arjun Reddy

Arjun Reddy, M.D.


Semenova Kapitolina

Kapitolina Semenova, M.D.


Caleb Cheng

Caleb Cheng, MD

Women's Health / Selective Surgical Pathology Fellow

Sonia Veran-Taguibao

Sonia Veran-Taguibao, MD

Women's Health / Selective Surgical Pathology Fellow

Gabriella Cardoza-Favarato

Gabriella Cardoza-Favarato, MD

Hematopathology Fellow

Mahra Nourbakhsh

Mahra Nourbakhsh, MD

Cytopathology Fellow

Mkhikian, Haik

Haik Mkhikian, MD, PhD

Research Fellow

Yan Hu, MD

Women's Health / Selective Surgical Pathology Fellow

Ahmad Charifa, MD

GI Pathology Fellow