Assistant Professor of Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine
Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology, Harbor UCLA Medical Center
Chair, Cancer Committee


Bacherlor’s of Arts: University of Chicago
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Medical Degree: University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Internship: General Surgery, Pennsylvania Hospital
Residency: General Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Surgical Oncology Research Fellowship, NIH/National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, CA

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

Awards and Honors

  • William Randolph Hearst Foundation Fellow
  • 13th Royan International Research Award Nominee
  • Young Investigator’s Award Nominee AHPBA
  • Young Surgeon’s Travel Award – Southern California Chapter, American College of Surgeons
  • Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium Merit Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Continuing Fellowship for Medical Studies
  • Fentress Research Merit Award – University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
  • HHMI-NIH Research Scholar Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
  • NIH Student Summer Research Award – University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Research Focus

Currently: Clinical outcomes research for GI/HPB malignancies. Previously: Basic science research on solid organ cancer stem cells

26 Journal Articles
3 Book Chapters
31 Abstracts
26 Publications

Professional Service

Chair, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Cancer Committee

Personal Interests

Basketball, Tennis, Kickboxing
Watching sports
Live concerts