New Faculty at the School of Medicine

The School of Medicine has appointed 12 new faculty thus far in the 2015-16 academic year beginning July 1.

 

Hilal Said Abuzahra

Dr. Hilal Abuzahra

Dr. Hilal Abuzahra

Hilal Said Abuzahra, assistant clinical professor of pediatrics, is a pediatric hospitalist practicing at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. Pediatric hospitalists treat children who have illnesses or injuries requiring hospitalization, including care following labor and delivery. Abuzahra earned his M.D. from the Boston University School of Medicine and conducted his residency in pediatrics at the University of Maryland. He earned his undergraduate degree at Cornell University. As part of his residency research project, Abuzahra developed a trivia-like smart phone application to enhance studying for the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Shelf exams.

 

Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke, assistant clinical professor of surgery, is staff surgeon in surgical oncology and general surgery and research liaison at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Riverside. Burke has served as an instructor for the UCR School of Medicine medical students and resident rotations in general surgery and the Kaiser Family Practice rotations in general surgery. While staff surgeon at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, he helped develop the Minimally Invasive Surgical Oncology Fellowship. His current research interest is in prevention of wound infection in contaminated wounds. Burke completed his M.D. degree at Louisiana State University Medical School, was chief resident in general surgery at UC San Francisco, and completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

 

Luanne Carlson

Dr. Luanne Carlson

Dr. Luanne Carlson

Luanne Carlson, assistant clinical professor of family medicine, practices at MedPost Urgent Care in La Quinta. She is also an adjunct clinical professor of family medicine at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to joining UCR, she has practiced as a primary care and hospitalist physician. Most recently, she was a community primary care and urgent care physician in Monterey, Calif. Carlson attended Cal State Fullerton as an undergraduate, then earned her D.O. from Touro University – California. She conducted her internship and residency in family medicine at Mercy/Methodist Hospital in Sacramento, serving as chief resident. Carlson’s research interests include all aspects of family medicine.

 

Roberto Castaños

Dr. Roberto Castaños

Dr. Roberto Castaños

Roberto Castaños, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, is a psychiatrist at the Riverside County Department of Mental Health where he treats patients and trains residents. He came to UCR from the UC Irvine School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, where he was a resident physician and served as chair of the External Representative and Community Outreach Committee and as a member of the Behavioral Health Medication Safety Committee. He earned his bachelor’s degree in neuroscience with a minor in philosophy at UCLA, his M.D. degree at Texas Tech University School of Medicine, and completed his residency in psychiatry at UC Irvine School of Medicine.

 

Justin Diedrich

Dr. Justin Diedrich

Dr. Justin Diedrich

Justin Diedrich, assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, practices at Riverside County Regional Medical Center. Diedrich has previously served as a lecturer, preceptor and co-facilitator in courses at the Washington University School of Medicine. He was the family planning research coordinator for Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. He earned his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University, then conducted his residency at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship in family planning at Washington University in St. Louis and also earned a master’s degree in Science Clinical Investigation (MSCI). His research interests are in contraception and family planning.

 

Rajesh Gulati

Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Rajesh Gulati, clinical professor of internal medicine, is the medical school’s clerkship director at Riverside Community Hospital and program director of the planned internal medicine residency program at the hospital. He completed medical school at the University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, India and did his residency in internal medicine at SUNY Downstate affiliated Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York. Prior to joining the medical school faculty, he was professor of clinical medicine at the UC Irvine School of Medicine where in 2013-14 he was named Primary Care Attending of the Year.

 

Xolani Mdluli

Dr. Xolani Mduli

Dr. Xolani Mduli

Xolani Mdluli, assistant clinical professor of internal medicine, practices at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs with an emphasis on infectious diseases and HIV medicine. Mdluli previously was an attending infectious diseases specialist at Eisenhower Medical Center. He established the first HIV specialty clinic at Eisenhower Medical Center campus. After completing a bachelor’s degree in biology from Howard University, Mdluli attended St. George’s University in Grenada to earn his M.D. He conducted his residency at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine/Jersey City Program (now known as the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai) and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Chicago’s Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine.

 

Susan Park

Dr. Susan Park

Dr. Susan Park

Susan Park, assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, practices at the Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley and Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside. Park earned her B.S. from UCLA, double majoring in physiological sciences and women’s studies, graduating summa cum laude. She then earned her M.D. from UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and participated in its OB/GYN residency and gynecology/oncology fellowship, then earned a master’s in public health with an emphasis in health policy and management. Park’s research interest is in women’s health issues, specifically in public health measures to improve on the prevention and management of cervical cancer.

 

Beri Ridgeway

Dr. Beri Ridgeway

Dr. Beri Ridgeway

Beri Ridgeway, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, practices gynecology at the Riverside Community Hospital and the Riverside County Regional Medical Center. She previously worked at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, serving as a member of the Center for Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health Institute, the Center for Geriatric Medicine and the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute. Ridgeway earned her B.A. from UC San Diego and her M.D. from UC San Francisco. She returned to UCSD for her internship and residency, serving as administrative chief resident. She did a three-year fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.

 

Andrew Subica

Andrew Subica

Andrew Subica

Andrew Subica, assistant professor of psychiatry, is a health services research in the medical school’s Center for Healthy Communities. His current research addresses the intersection of health and mental health disparities among vulnerable populations including persons of color, individuals with psychiatric disabilities, survivors of trauma, individuals experiencing homelessness, and refugees. He is particularly concerned with improving evidence-based treatments, services, and public policies for underserved individuals using community-based participatory action research, deliberative, and mixed methodologies. Prior to joining UCR, Subica was a senior research associate at the Loyola Marymount University’s Psychology Applied Research Center.

 

Chimezie Ubbaonu

Dr. Chimezie Ubbaonu

Dr. Chimezie Ubbaonu

Chimezie Ubbaonu, assistant clinical professor of internal medicine, practices at Riverside Community Hospital. A native of Nigeria who attended medical school at the University of Lagos, Ubbaonu conducted his residency in internal medicine at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, Texas. He previously worked as a hospitalist at the Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M. Ubbaonu has a special interest in cardiology and ICU treatment. He has made presentations on serum hydroxyvitamin D and physical function in older adults, goal-directed therapy in the treatment of sepsis and septic shock, and the method and approach for treatment of adult patients with ascites.

 

Shabnam Zargar

Dr. Shabnam Zargar

Dr. Shabnam Zargar

Shabnam Zargar, assistant clinical professor of pediatrics, is a pediatric hospitalist practicing at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. Pediatric hospitalists treat children who have illnesses or injuries requiring hospitalization, including care following labor and delivery. She attended the University of Washington to earn her B.S. in cellular and molecular biology with a minor in public health, then earned her M.D. from Ross University School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas. She is board certified by the American Board of General Pediatrics and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

To view profiles of other School of Medicine faculty, visit the website of the Division of Biomedical Sciences, Division of Clinical Sciences and Center for Healthy Communities.

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