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Current Residents and Fellows


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 comes to UCI from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and will be going into forensic pathology. He enjoys living and exploring Orange County with his wife, Michelle Kim, and dogs, Doc and Brady. Jack enjoys the educational, collegial, and supportive environment the UCI pathology residency provides.


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 East Los Angeles area, and I have been passionate about patient care since I was 16. I am an anteater at heart as I was a premed major at UC Irvine for undergrad, and afteward, attended medical school at AUC. In the future, I hope to be an upstanding physician who can give back to my hometown community. I was eager to join the filed of Pathology as there is currently an exciting movement in translational research that is pushing the world of medicine forward. Medicine is the molecular age of diagnosing cancer and other diseases, with an ever-growing array of biomarkers, and I would like to help bridge the gap between the hospital floor and the lab bench. I am especially interested in gastrointestinal pathology and cytopathology, I currently participate in research in both fields. I am very honored to be a part of the UC Irvine family as the institution is constantly on the leading edge of research and innovation. 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, MD


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, MD, PhD


Haijuan was born in Hebei, China. She completed her MD and residency in gynecology and obstetrics at Xi'an Jiaotong University. She later earned her PhD in Public Health from Purdue University. Prior to joining UC Irvine, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma where she founded and led the women's cancer research lab. Haijuan has published research on cervical cancer prevention, HPV vaccine promotion, and health disparities among marginalized populations. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing and traveling.

Sami Neupane

Samikshya Neupane, MD


Samikshya 'Sami' Neupane earned her medical degree at Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences, followed by a year internship in the hematology-oncology unit at Civil Service Hospital in Nepal. She completed three years of AP/CP training at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital and continued working independently as a pathologist before moving to the United States in 2018. She is determined to continue her journey as a pathologist with a special interest in hematopath. Besides pathology, she loves watching movies and traveling with her beloved husband.

Arjun Reddy

Arjun Reddy, MD, MBA


Arjun was born in Detroit, Michigan and attended college at Tufts University. In college, he completed a double major in politcal science and biology and earned a BA degree in 2015. He thereafter attended the University of Southern California (USC) for his medical degree. During medical school, he also enrolled in the dual-degree MD/MBA program jointly with the Marshall School of Business of USC and the Keck School of Medicine of USC and earned his MD and MBA degrees in 2020. Arjun enjoys playing tennis, skiing, traveling, and hiking in his free tie. Arjun is pursuing CP training.

Semenova Kapitolina

Kapitolina Semenova, MD


Kapitolina (Lina) was born and raised in Tomsk, Russia. She graduated from Siberian State Medical University in 2015. Lina then moved to the USA to work at BEnaroya Research Institute in Seattle, Washington, where she did immunology basic science research devoted to type one diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Outside of medicine, Lina enjoys traveling, paragliding, snowboarding, hiking, horseback riding, and much more. She is pursuing AP/CP training.

Nicolas Derr Reyes

Nicolas Derr Reyes, MD


Nicolas is a native of the central coast of California, an area known for its strawberries and wine.  He has lived up and down the California state, attending UC Berkeley for undergrad and UCLA DGSOM for medical school.  He most recently comes to UCI from UCSF where he completed residency in Family and Community Medicine.  Nicolas is proud to be a first-generation college and medical graduate from a family who immigrated from a small village in Jalisco, Mexico.  He found a non-traditional route to medicine by following his passions for academic research and growing his mission to mentor individuals from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the biological and medical sciences.  He is excited to join the UCI pathology team to return to the realm of academic and diagnostic medicine, and to bring a clinical perspective on behalf of the patients we serve. His experiences have strengthened his enthusiasm to connect with communities facing economic, educational, gender, and health disparities.  When possible, he likes to swim/bike/run, keep some fish tanks, make new friends, and drink coffee.

Nyein Nyein Htun

Nyein Nyein Htun, MD


Nyein was born and raised in Burma (Myanmar). She finished her medical school, internship and  AP/CP training from University of Medicine 1 Yangon. After her residency, she worked for Pathology Department of University of Medicine 2 Yangon. Then she moved to United States in 2018 and tried to continue her dream of being a well-rounded Pathologist. She loves cooking Myanmar traditional cuisine and watching movies. She is eager to pursue cytopathology training after her residency.

Jerry Lou

Jerry Lou, MD


Jerry grew up in the Los Angeles area and stayed in the area for undergraduate studies at UCLA majoring in neuroscience. His passion for neuropathology was sparked by his undergraduate publications on IDH1 mutant gliomas with the Dr. Albert Lai and brain tumor banking with Dr. William Yong. He remained in LA to receive his MD degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Jerry is excited to grow as a pathologist in the nurturing environment of the UCI pathology residency. His research interests include neuropathology especially neurodegenerative disorders and artificial intelligence in pathology. He is currently working with convolutional neural networks under Dr. Peter Chang, the co-director of the UCI Center for Artificial Intelligence in Diagnostic Medicine. In his free time, he enjoys tennis, golf, skiing, and traveling. He plans to pursue AP/NP training.

Daniel Nguyen

Daniel Nguyen, MD


Daniel was born in Vietnam. He moved to San Diego, California, and received a BS in Microbiology at UC San Diego. He completed his MD at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Daniel enjoys playing soccer, and hiking in his spare time. He is pursuing AP/CP training

Tahmineh Haidary Sardaby

Tahmineh Haidary, MD

Women's Health / Selective Surgical Pathology Fellow

Tahmineh Haidary earned her MD degree from Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences in Ahvaz, Iran. She practiced as an ER physician in Iran before she immigrated to USA and joined a research program in Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC. Tahmineh collaborated with several research projects there, many of which resulted in publications or poster presentations. Tahmineh then went on to complete her training in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY from 2017 to 2021. She is now honored to be a fellow in Women’s Health/Selective Surgical Pathology training program at UC Irvine. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Mathieu Pelletier

Mathieu Pelletier, MD

Hematopathology Fellow

Mathieu Pelletier, or simply Matt, was born in a small town on the south shore of Montreal in Quebec, Canada. He graduated from the University of Sherbrooke and then completed his Anatomical Pathology residency at the University of Montreal. In medical school, Mathieu developed an interest for Hematology, which over time transformed into a passion for Hematopathology. He enjoys transmitting his passion for Hematopathology via teaching. Aside from medicine, Mathieu enjoys triathlons and actually participated in the 2013 World Championship of Ironman 70.3. So outside the lab, you will most likely meet him on his bike.

Abrar Alghamdi

Abrar Alghamdi, MD

Cytopathology Fellow

Abrar Alghamdi was born in Saudi Arabia and graduated from King Abdulaziz University. In 2018, she joined the Surgical Pathology department at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) as a research scholar where she published several papers with a focus in Cytology and Women's Health. After that, Abrar started her AP residency at University of Alabama, Birmingham. Outside of medicine, she enjoys hiking, biking, traveling, meditation, crafting and spending some quality time with her cats (furry babies) Jasmin and Lena. 

Sally Tanakchi

Sally Tanakchi, MD

Women's Health / Selective Surgical Pathology Fellow

Sally Tanakchi was born and raised in Iraq and graduated from University of Baghdad-College of Medicine.  After earning her medical degree, she moved to the United States. She completed her Anatomic Pathology residency at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and General Surgical Pathology fellowship and Cytopathology fellowship at LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. Sally enjoys spending time with family, especially her 3 children: Sophia, John-Paul, and Christopher. She is currently pursuing a Women’s Health/Selective Surgical Pathology fellowship at UCI.

Lee, Whayoung

Whayoung Lee, MD

GI Pathology Fellow

Whayoung graduated 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. She graduated AP/CP training at UCI and is currently pursuing GI/Liver fellowship at UCI.