Sylvia Bowditch, M.D. Ivan Marquez, M.D. Helaine St. Amant, M.D.
Daphne Darmawan, M.D. Ellen McCleery, M.D. Sage Timberline, M.D.
Trevor Feldman, M.D. Patrick Morency, M.D. Javar Van Buren, M.D.
Lesley Desmond, M.D Annelise Rasmussen, M.D.
Jason Lau, M.D. Hannah Snitzer, M.D.

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

Medical School: California Northstate University

Why did you choose UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

I did a sub-internship in neonatology at UCD at the start of my fourth year of medical school and absolutely fell in love with the place. I had so many great interactions with the residents, fellows, attendings, faculty, staff, and patients. I also love the city of Sacramento -- so much diversity, culture, nature, and great food.

Clinical areas of interest: General Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Neonatology, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

Hobbies: Landscape photography, snowboarding, listening to true crime/mystery podcasts, being a foodie, hiking, binging Netflix

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles

Medical School: Western Michigan University

Why did you choose UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

Everyone that I met at my interview day was so welcoming and friendly. I could tell that the residents were a close-knit group and had no doubt that I would find a supportive atmosphere here. I also appreciated the program's emphasis on community outreach, health policy, and advocacy. Finally, I love that there are endless opportunities for outdoor activities in and near Sacramento.

Clinical areas of interest: General Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine

Hobbies: Rock climbing, swimming, snowboarding, aerial silks, hula and Tahitian dance

Undergraduate: University of Oregon

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University

Why did you choose UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

UC Davis is a small, intimate program that, with very few fellows, allows an nearly unobstructed opportunity to study pediatrics. It also happens to be in a wonderful area and only a quick drive away from San Francisco to the west and Lake Tahoe to the east.

Clinical areas of interest: Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Critical Care

Hobbies: Food & wine, fitness, live music, skiing

Undergraduate: University of California Santa Barbara

Medical School: The University of Queensland School of Medicine-Ochsner Clinical School

Pediatric Internship: Los Angeles County – University of Southern California

I was born and raised here in beautiful Sacramento alongside my three brothers. After receiving my Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from UC Santa Barbara, I lived in San Francisco where I worked as a surgical coordinator. From there, I ventured down under for my first two years of medical school at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. While completing my 3rd and 4th year clinical rotations at Ochsner Health in New Orleans, I fell in love with pediatrics. I am passionate about preventative medicine so hope to pursue a career in primary care pediatrics. I am beyond excited to return to my hometown to serve one of the most diverse communities in the nation!

Clinical areas of interest: General pediatrics

Hobbies:  In my free time, I enjoy hiking, jogging, walking, and spending time with my husband, son, and the rest of our extended family.

Undergraduate: Tufts University

Medical School: University of Massachusetts

Why did you choose UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

On the interview trail, it had the "gut-feeling" fit. It's perfectly sized program that offers outstanding academic education while emphasizing diversity and serving the needs of the surrounding community.  The faculty and residents seemed genuinely happy and could see myself working there for the next exciting chapter in my training.

Clinical areas of interest: Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Pediatric Critical Care, Community Health & Advocacy

Hobbies: Hiking, swimming, video games and board games, cooking, baking, photography

Undergraduate: Stanford University

Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Why did you choose UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

I chose UC Davis because of the program’s commitment to diversity – especially its emphasis on community health. During my interview day, I enjoyed learning about the many opportunities to serve immigrant communities in continuity clinic, as well as the ability to complete scholarly projects in community advocacy. As a first-generation Mexican-American, I was also inspired to hear about efforts at UC Davis to support aspiring Latinx physicians through the Prep Médico Program. 

Clinical areas of interest: Primary Care, Community Pediatrics, Minority Health

Hobbies: Running, soccer, writing, hiking with my partner and dog

Undergraduate: Whitman College

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University

Why did you choose UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

The residents are warm, genuine, and enjoy working together and the faculty is engaging and available. Also, the emphasis on advocacy and community health, the size of the program, and the large and diverse patient population just felt right.

Clinical areas of interest: General Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, Pediatric Infectious Disease, Public Health, Advocacy

Hobbies: Getting outside, swimming, camping, trail running, cooking, exploring with my daughter, husband and dog

Undergraduate: University of South Carolina

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina

Why did you choose UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

The people are the best, the class size is perfect, and the city is amazing!

Clinical areas of interest: General Pediatrics, Behavioral & Developmental Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology

Hobbies: Bike rides, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, improv comedy

Undergraduate: Pacific Union College

Medical School: Loma Linda University

Why did you choose UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

Grew up in Sacramento so I’ve always know about Davis and what a strong pediatric program it is. I’m interested in Pediatric Rehabilitation and was excited for the opportunity to rotate at Shriners Hospital for Children.

Clinical areas of interest: Pediatric Rehabilitation, Adaptive Sports, General Pediatrics

Hobbies: Puzzles, skiing, hiking, dystopian novels

Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis

Medical School: University of Miami

Why did you choose UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

Perfect location with a program ethos that matched mine. Really enjoyed the down-to-earth feel, the expansiveness and diversity of its patient population, and it’s involvement in advocacy. I felt as if this program would help support my future goals because it felt as if our goals aligned.

Clinical areas of interest: Adolescent Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Correctional Health, Behavioral & Developmental Pediatrics, Adolescent Gynecology

Hobbies: Camping, road trips, reading, activities involving my dog, canoeing

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley

Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC

Why did you choose UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

I chose the UC Davis Residency Program because the people I met on my interview day were smart yet easy-going, the proximity to the state capitol lends itself to a vast array of advocacy opportunities, the curriculum presents a thorough, happy balance between general pediatrics and subspecialty education and the Sacramento region offers lots of fresh food, green space, an affordable cost of living and is close to home for me.

Clinical areas of interest: General Pediatrics, Community Advocacy

Hobbies: Hanging out with my dog, exercising, cooking, baking, concert-going, scouting new restaurants and exploring the outdoors.

Undergraduate: Washington and Lee University

Medical School: Howard University

Why did you choose UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

I loved UC Davis from the moment I got their interview offer, in which they emphasized their commitment to reducing healthcare disparities in a culturally sensitive manner. The interview day sealed the deal, where I met so many bright, friendly, genuine people on staff, and toured the gorgeous hospital and city! I love that the structure of the residency allows significant elective time early on, a community health/advocacy block in the 1st year, and a lot of resident autonomy with close interactions with mentors. Sacramento is also a dream city – the beautiful Cali weather without insane traffic, an amazingly diverse population, unique opportunities for advocacy and political involvement, incredible food and a “farm-to-fork” food culture, and endless fun things to do outdoors!

Clinical areas of interest: Pediatric Critical Care, Telemedicine, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Advocacy, Health Disparities

Hobbies: Music, traveling, trying new restaurants, being outdoors, board games

Undergraduate: Arizona State University

Medical School: Meharry Medical College

Why did you choose UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

I choose UC Davis because I am from the Sacramento area. I can talk about my love for the frog legs at Sandra Dee’s, the skirt of cheese from squeeze burger/inn, Motown Mondays at LowBrau, or the incredibly easy access to outdoor activities. Sacramento has a lot of things that I love but nothing can replace the people. My parents, friends, mentors, and community have all shaped my life and helped me become a Doctor. It brings me great joy to return home for this next chapter of my life.

Clinical areas of interest: Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Hobbies: Working out, running (on a track), watching cartoons/tv, swimming, hiking, anything related to football, and creating poetry