GustCaitlyn Gust, MD

Medical School: USC

Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Undergraduate: University of Oregon
Medical School: USC, Keck School of Medicine
Interests: hiking, running, tacos, exploring breweries around San Diego, anything outside!
Favorite thing about San Diego: it is a beautiful city with endless outdoor activities for everyone, there is so much to do & to explore! We have an amazing program with the most supportive faculty & an awesome group of residents!!

DulehSteve Duleh, MD, PhD

Medical School: UCSF

Hometown: Bismarck, ND

Undergraduate: Indiana University

Interests: Hockey, climbing up and snowboarding down mountains, traveling, drinking coffee, sleeping

Favorite things about San Diego: Great beaches, breweries, lots of good (and cheap!) food, amazing people from all over the world


HershKyle Hersh, MD

Medical School: UC Irvine

Hometown: Newport Beach, CA

Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara (BS, Biology)

Interests: You can find me in the ocean surfing, diving, spearfishing, SUPing, boating. I still like to work as an ocean lifeguard in Newport Beach. Spending time with family and friends. And within EM ultrasound, EMS, and wilderness medicine.

Favorite things about San Diego: The surf, the beach, and the people. The attendings are all extremely involved and devoted to teaching and all my co-residents are supportive and amazing people. San Diego is extremely diverse and there is a part of town for everyone. So many outdoor activities and delicious food and beer to enjoy.

LettingaMark Lettinga, MD

Medical School: University of Michigan

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Undergraduate: Bethel College
Interests: I came out to the west coast looking for beach weather all year round. I live 500 feet from mission bay and absolutely love it. Most days I will be going for a swim or a SUP after work and walking to grab some food in the PB area. Going on hikes, exploring San Diego, playing beach volleyball, finding the best tacos, La Jolla swims, bike rides to Sunset cliffs, and sitting at the beach are things I enjoy doing. Coming from Michigan I was little bit nervous about the trip/starting residency far from home but everything has worked out great and couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. Faculty are from all over the country so it’s great to get a lot of views and advice from different training backgrounds. Not sure what area of EM I will find myself, but after a short time as an intern there seems to be so much available to pursue here at KPEM!
Favorite things about San Diego: I think the great thing about SD is that it has a very neighborhood thing going on. Whether you live in PB, OB, Hillcrest or downtown, you can find somewhere to get to know and be a part of. I really like living in PB where I can be close to the bay and the ocean as well as walk to the store or restaurant. Or you could drive downtown or to hillcrest and get a totally different scene. Still have many places to explore.

szmJacob Szmuilowicz, MD

Medical School: UCSD



yipDerek Yip, MD

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin




K_Brodmann_SD02-214x300Kyle Brodmann, MD

Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine

S_Meyer_SD02-214x300Seth Meyer, MD

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Hometown: Carson City, NV

Undergraduate: University of Southern California (BA, fine arts); Portland State University (BS, General Science)

Graduate: University of Southern California (MA, journalism)

Interests: Running, swimming, biking, cooking, and eating as many tacos as possible while in San Diego. Spending time with my wife, daughter, and neurotic bulldog.

Favorite things about San Diego: The beach, the killer craft beer scene, and amazing Mexican food. I love the culture of our residency program: super involved attendings who genuinely care about our development, great balance of practice paradiagms between academia and community, and an emphasis on patient-centered care.

A_Stolle_SD02-214x300Andrew Stolle, MD

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Interests: Playing soccer, especially with some of my co-residents on Wednesday nights Watching soccer, big Arsenal fan. Also enjoy running, hiking, terrible Sci-Fi/Horror films, craft beer (in particular Groundswell after Thursday lectures) and of course the beach.

Favorite things about San Diego: As with most people who fall in love with San Diego I’m a big fan of the beautiful beaches, amazing craft beer and all the local spots for hiking. As Chuck mentioned the weather is definitely a plus, you can always get outside on your day off. With so many unique neighborhoods there is always a new place to try on your nights off. By far my favorite thing to do is hang out with my co-residents.

E_Utschig_SD02-214x300Emily Utschig, DO

Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara (BS, Biology, Spanish minor)

Interests: Anything involving the beach (Pacific Beach kid – born & raised!) or being outside. Exploring craft breweries, backpacking abroad (South America, Thailand, Spain…), training for Tough Mudder, reading for fun, catching up with friends new and old. 

Favorite things about San Diego: Did I mention I love the beach? Beautiful sunsets, the best fish tacos, Gulls hockey games, Mr. Frostie’s, seaport village, my co-intern family. And of course, training in SD’s busiest ED with a fun-loving and supportive team.

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A_Williamson_SD02-214x300Andrew Williamson, MD

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

Undergraduation: Trinity College

Interests: Surfing, Hiking, Fishing, Traveling, Taco Tuesday

Favorite things about San Diego: Everything! San Diego is such an amazing city. If you like good weather, friendship, outdoor activities, and happiness, then San Diego is the perfect city for you! There are so many great hikes, breweries, beaches, farmers markets, and sunshine. Every neighborhood is unique and has so many different things to offer and to explore. And last but not least, my co-residents! Couldn’t be happier with the incredibly supportive, fun, and happy group of residents here at KP!

C_Yu_SD02-214x300Chuck Yu, MD

Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Hometown: Lake Forest, Orange County, CA

Undergraduate: UCLA (BS, biochem)

Interests: basketball, skateboarding, snowboarding, dog sitting, sleeping, sushi, music

Favorite things about San Diego: weather, beach, predictable traffic and easy parking, weather, tons of great food and beer, hanging out with my co-residents, exploring the different SD neighborhoods, and weather.

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NickAsakawaNicholas Asakawa, MD

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis (Biochemistry major)

Hometown: Portland, OR

Interests: soccer, running, beach, cooking, traveling

Favorite things about San Diego: Beach for sure.  I’m at Coronado dog beach with my puppy 2-3 times a week.  I also love running on the beach – it’s a great way to relax your mind before or after a shift.   San Diego also has some world class breweries: Stone, Coronado, Ballast Point to name a few.  I couldn’t be happier at Kaiser San Diego.  We have amazing attendings who are dedicated to your education and developing your clinical skills.  There is also plenty of time and flexibility within the program to explore your own areas of interest within Emergency Medicine.

GaneshNagavajGanesh Nagaraj, MD

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine

Hometown: Fremont, CA

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley (BS, Bioengineering)

Interests: Running, playing soccer, cooking, hiking, reading.

Favorite things about San Diego: Perfect weather, amazing sunsets, easy access to outdoor activities, and great training with unopposed access to procedures and faculty who are excited to teach.

SoOnishiSo Onishi, MD

Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine

Hometown: Wheeling WV, New York NY, Vancouver Canada

Undergraduate: Columbia University (BA, Neuroscience)

Interests: Family time with wife and kids, running, biking, kayaking, golfing, traveling.

Favorite things about San Diego: Amazing year-round weather, beautiful beaches, world class activities for all ages and interests. And of course, our KPSD program! Devoted faculty and residents who are intelligent, respectful, and fun-loving make this residency program shine beyond the sunny San Diego!  

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CameronSafferCameron Saffer, MD

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Hometown: Oregon City, OR

Undergraduate: Oregon State University-Go Beavs!

Interests: exploring San Diego, Road Trips, sunshine, seeing family, music, being lazy

Favorite thing about San Diego: This city is bursting with activity.  There is always something (usually several) adventures going on around town!  Never a dull moment down here.

RyanSarkariaRyan Sarkaria, MD

Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Undergraduate: University of California Santa Barbara (BS, General Biology)

Hometown: Encinitas, CA

Interests: Surfing, Basketball, Golfing, Fishing, Photography, Traveling

Favorite things about San Diego: Perfect life/work balance, access to some of the best surfing conditions in California all year round, friendly city with ability to easily access the multitude of activities in Southern California. Incredible residency program with enthusiastic faculty who are focused on promoting effective educational experiences, supporting individualized academic interests and exposing residents to a comprehensive range of practice settings.

JonZackaryJon Zackary, MD

Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

Undergraduate: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL (BS, Aeronautical Science, Weather minor)

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Interests: Running, sailing, flying, golfing, ice hockey, traveling

Favorite Things about San Diego: I can wear flip flops every day of the year!  I love the year round beautiful San Diego sunshine with miles of gorgeous beaches along with the nearby mountains where snow is completely optional. I am also a big fan of Padres games at Petco Park, SD Gulls hockey games, sailing in San Diego Bay, and the endless variety of fish tacos and the large number of local craft breweries.