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Program Leadership

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Tommy Wang, MD
Program Director, UC Irvine/CHOC/MCH

Dr. Wang is an assistant clinical professor and the program director for the UC Irvine-CHOC pediatric residency program. He completed his undergraduate training at UC Berkeley. Before attending medical school at Albany, he worked at NASA studying gravitation effects on physiology. He joined UC Irvine in 2005 as a pediatric resident and continued as a chief resident. He currently teaches residents as a hospitalist attending at CHOC. In his spare time, he likes to play intramural basketball with the pediatric residency team and sing karaoke.

Pediatrician Dr. Christine Chou

Christine Chou, MD
Associate Program Director, UC Irvine/CHOC

Dr. Chou is an assistant clinical professor and associate program director for the UC Irvine-CHOC residency program. She completed undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley and received her medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She completed residency training at UC Irvine, then stayed on for a year as chief resident for the UC Irvine/CHOC pediatrics residency program. Dr. Chou works as a general pediatrician at CHOC's primary care clinics. In her free time, she enjoys being a mom, playing with her dogs, swimming, yoga, crafting and traveling.

UC Irvine pediatrician Dr. Daniel Kang

Daniel Kang, MD
Associate Program Director, UC Irvine/CHOC

Dr. Kang is an assistant clinical professor and associate program director for the UC Irvine-CHOC residency program. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University. He went on to complete medical school at the University of Maryland and his pediatric residency at UC Irvine and served as chief resident for the combined UC Irvine/CHOC residency program. He continues to work closely with residents as a pediatric hospitalist. He enjoys pretending to be a foodie and trying out new eateries and has interests in global medicine, pursuing international medical excursions as time permits.

Jennifer Lusk

Jennifer Lusk, MD
Associate Program Director, UC Irvine/CHOC

Dr. Lusk is an assistant clinical professor and associate program director for the UC Irvine-CHOC residency program. She received her medical degree from Georgetown University. After finishing her residency training at CHOC, she stayed on for a year as chief resident. Since then, she has served as a pediatric hospitalist at CHOC, remaining heavily invested in residency training and education as well as hospital administration.

Dr. Michalik

David Michalik, DO
Associate Program Director, UC Irvine/MCH

Dr. Michalik is an assistant clinical professor and associate program director for the UC Irvine-CHOC residency program. He received his medical degree from the Western University of Health Sciences. He completed his pediatric residency at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Children’s 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 enjoys backpacking and surfing.


Keerti Nangia

Keerti Nangia, MD
Chief Resident, UC Irvine-CHOC Residency Program

Dr. Nangia is a chief resident for our UC Irvine-CHOC Residency Program. She attended Wayne State University for her undergraduate education. She completed medical school at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Her hobbies include cooking and many genres of dancing, including Indian classical, Bhangra, and hip hop. You can find her rereading all of her favorite Harry Potter novels.

Becky Schneider

Rebekah Schneider, MD
Chief Resident, UC Irvine-CHOC Residency Program

Dr. Schneider is a chief resident for our UC Irvine-CHOC Residency Program. She attended Point Loma Nazarene University for her undergraduate education. She completed medical school at Loma Linda University. As chief, she plans on focusing on resident and physician wellness, getting the wellness program off the ground and running. She enjoys yoga, hanging out with friends and family, and cheering on her Bay Area sports teams.

Jenna Timboe

Jenna Timboe, MD
Chief Resident, UC Irvine-CHOC Residency Program

Dr. Timboe is a chief resident for our UC Irvine-CHOC Residency Program. She attended the University of San Diego for her undergraduate education. She completed medical school at the University of Southern California. She enjoys being active and the outdoors, including hiking, camping, and paddleboarding. She is an avid member of Crossfit.

Hung Yen

Hung Yen, MD
Chief Resident, UC Irvine-CHOC Residency Program

Dr. Yen is a chief resident for our UC Irvine-CHOC Residency Program. He attended the University of California, Berkeley for his undergraduate education and then went to the University of Florida College of Medicine for medical school. As chief, he hopes to expand resident wellness programming and establish a research database for resident reference. He enjoys an active lifestyle, including basketball, biking, and rock climbing.


Veronica Melendez

Veronica Melendez
Residency Coordinator, UC Irvine/CHOC/MCH

Mrs. Melendez is coordinator for the UC Irvine-CHOC pediatric residency program. She received her bachelors of science degree in healthcare administration at California State University, Long Beach. She served as pediatric residency coordinator at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach before joining UC Irvine in 2010 to serve as the coordinator for both the UC Irvine and UC Irvine-CHOC pediatric residency programs. Her interests include reading, dancing, sports and spending time with her family.

Maria Espitia

Maria Espitia
Residency Coordinator Assistant, UC Irvine/CHOC

Ms. Espitia is the 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.

Shara Riley

Shara Riley
Residency Coordinator, MCH

Mrs. Riley is the MCH residency coordinator for the UC Irvine-CHOC pediatric residency program. She has worked at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in the GME office since 2008 and was previously the coordinator for the Internal Medicine residency program. She has held multiple positions while in the GME office before joining Pediatrics. She enjoys running, raising her son, reading, and writing.

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