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Program Leadership

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Tommy Wang, MD, FAAP 
Program Director

Dr. Tommy Wang is program director for the UC Irvine-CHOC Pediatric Residency Program. Dr. Wang completed his undergraduate training at UC Berkeley. Before attending medical school at Albany Medical College, he worked at NASA studying the effects of gravitation on physiology. He joined UC Irvine in 2005 as a pediatric resident, then chief resident. He currently teaches residents as an attending hospitalist at CHOC Children's Hospital. In his spare time, he plays intramural basketball with the pediatric residency team and sings karaoke.  


UC Irvine pediatrician Dr. Daniel Kang

Daniel Kang, MD, FAAP
Associate Program Director

Dr. Daniel Kang is an associate program director for the UC Irvine-CHOC Pediatric Residency Program. Dr. Kang completed undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University and initially pursued a career in middle school sciences along with graduate studies in Education. He then attended the University of Maryland for medical school. He completed pediatric residency training at UC Irvine and served as chief resident. He currently works closely with residents as a pediatric hospitalist, as well as providing simulation experiences for procedural competency. His other primary focus is in developing the individualized curriculum. In his free time, he enjoys pretending to be a foodie and trying new restaurants.

Jennifer Lusk

Jennifer Lusk, MD, FAAP
Associate Program Director

Dr. Jennifer Lusk is an associate program director for the UC Irvine-CHOC Pediatric Residency Program. Dr. Lusk received her medical degree from Georgetown University. After finishing residency training at CHOC, she served as chief resident. She now works as a pediatric hospitalist at CHOC, and remains heavily invested in residency training and education, receiving multiple faculty teaching awards. She is the chair of the Clinical Competency Committee, providing guidance on resident performance. She also holds multiple positions in hospital administration. 

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David Michalik, DO
Associate Program Director

Dr. David Michalik is an associate program director for the UC Irvine-CHOC Pediatric Residency Program. Dr. Michalik received his medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences. He completed a pediatric residency at Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital, followed by a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Childrens Hospital of New York at Columbia University Medical Center. He is actively engaged in clinical research projects involving viral infections, particularly Rotavirus, Varicella Zoster virus and HIV. In his free time, he backpacks and surfs.

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Candice Taylor, MD, MPH, FAAP
Associate Program Director

Dr. Candice Taylor is an associate program director for the UC Irvine-CHOC Pediatric Residency Program. She is also a Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor and general pediatrician with the UCI School of Medicine and UCI Pediatric Exercise and Genomics Research Center. She is from Southern California and completed undergraduate training at UCLA and graduate training in the UCLA School of Public Health. She completed medical school at the Keck School of Medicine at USC and subsequently returned to UCLA for pediatric residency and served as a chief resident. She then went to NYU/Bellevue Hospital Center to complete an academic general pediatric fellowship with a focus in primary care research and clinical investigation. Since joining as faculty with the UCI School of Medicine in September 2013, she has received recognition as a pediatric fellow with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County, an Orange County Champion Provider on the topic of obesity with the California Department of Public Health, and a Super Doctors’  Southern California Rising Star. Prior to joining the UCI-CHOC Pediatric Residency Program as Associate Program Director she also served as Director of the Patient-Centered Clerkship in the UCI School of Medicine. Her public health and research interests include physical activity promotion, early childhood obesity prevention, and disparities in health. As Associate Program Director her areas of focus include the promotion of primary-care and community-engaged training opportunities, advocacy, and diversity in medicine. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing with her two sons, dancing, playing basketball, and writing poetry. 

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Hillary Zieve, MD, FAAP
Associate Program Director

Dr. Hillary Zieve is an associate program director for the UC Irvine-CHOC Pediatric Residency Program and is an outpatient pediatrician with CHOC Medical Group. Dr. Zieve earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, with a minor in Medical Anthropology, from the University of Southern California, and received her Medical Degree from University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. She completed residency and served as a Chief Resident at the UC Irvine-CHOC pediatric residency program. She currently sits on the board of the AAP-OC chapter as a Member-At-Large and as the Young Physician Representative. She also works closely with residents and medical students as a faculty mentor of Team KiPOW! (Kid Power), a school-based obesity intervention program that Dr. Zieve co-founded during residency. Dr. Zieve is passionate about primary care, preventative medicine, and more specifically pediatric obesity management, nutrition, and healthy weight loss. Dr. Zieve lives in Irvine with her husband, children, and 2 dogs. She enjoys spending family time outdoors at local parks, trails and beaches. 


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Sandeep Dhadvai, MD
Chief Resident

Dr. Sandeep Dhadvai is a chief resident at the UCI/CHOC Pediatric Residency Program. He was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, moved to outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to get his Bachelor's in Science in Psychology at Haverford College, and then returned back to Arizona for medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix. He then completed his residency training at UCI-CHOC pediatric residency program prior to his role as chief resident and has a passion for teaching and medical education. After his year as chief resident, Dr. Dhadvai plans to pursue a career in general outpatient pediatrics. Outside of work, Dr. Dhadvai enjoys hiking, traveling, board games, comic books, and spending time with his fiance, dog, and two cats. 

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Taryn Dubin, MD
Chief Resident

Dr. Taryn Dubin is a chief resident for the UCI/CHOC Pediatric Residency Program. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, and then went on to receive her Bachelor of Science with a major in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and minor in Sociology from Emory University in Atlanta. She then worked for a year as a medical scribe in an Emergency Department just outside of LA before attending medical school at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She completed her residency training at UCI-CHOC pediatric residency program prior to her role as chief resident. After her year as chief resident, Dr. Dubin plans to pursue a career in general outpatient pediatrics in the Orange County area. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and exploring new restaurants.

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Aaron Goldberg, MD
Chief Resident

Dr. Aaron Goldberg is one of the four chief residents for the UCI/CHOC Pediatric Residency Program. He was born and raised in the San Diego area (Carlsbad). Prior to medical school, he graduated from UC Irvine with a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences and from Keck School of Medicine of USC with a Master of Science in Global Medicine. He attended medical school at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in southeast Michigan, during which he discovered his passion for pediatrics and pediatric oncology. He went on to complete residency training at UCI/CHOC pediatric residency program. After his year as chief resident, he plans to pursue a career in Pediatric Oncology, with specific interest in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, singing, cooking, rock climbing, and going on adventures with his wife and pet shiba inu.

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Betty Pham, MD
Chief Resident

Dr. Betty Pham is a chief resident for the UCI/CHOC Pediatric Residency Program. She grew up in the Bay Area where she went to Stanford University for her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Biology (Go Card!). She then attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University and returned to California for residency. She plans to pursue a career in Neonatology. Outside of medicine, she enjoys trying new restaurants and traveling.

      

Veronica Melendez

Veronica Melendez
Residency Coordinator, UC Irvine

Veronica Melendez is the residency coordinator for the UC Irvine-CHOC Pediatric Residency Program. She received her bachelor's of science degree in healthcare administration from Cal State Long Beach. Mrs. Melendez was a pediatric residency coordinator at Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach before becoming a residency coordinator for both the UC Irvine and UC Irvine-CHOC Pediatric residency programs 2010. She likes to read, dance, play sports and spend time with her family.

Maria Espitia

Maria Espitia
Residency Coordinator Assistant, UC Irvine

Maria Espitia is a residency coordinator assistant for the UC Irvine-CHOC Pediatric Residency Program. She joined the program in 2014, bringing with her a variety of corporate and office management skills. Previously, she served as human resource assistant and accounting assistant at USA National Title Co. She enjoys shopping for great deals and spending time with her family.

Angel Arvizu
Residency Coordinator, Miller Children's

Frank Cruz
Education Coordinator, UC Irvine

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