Our Faculty

One of the many strengths of our program are our passionate faculty. We have over 70 EM faculty many with fellowship training to include 4 Toxicologists, 4 trained in Point-of-care Emergency Ultrasound, Global Health, Resuscitation, Healthcare Administration, Public Health. Several of our faculty also have niche interests in Simulation, Airway Management, Telemedicine, Disaster Medicine, EMS/Prehospital Care, Research, and Complimentary & Alternative Medicine.


Matthew Silver, MD
Residency Program Director

Residency Training: Jacobi/Montefiore Emergency Medicine
Interests: Educational Technology/Web Development, Patient Safety, Communication, Skiing (on the West Coast), Mountain Biking, Living vicariously through his two little ones.


Adam Schwartz, MD, MS, FACEP
Chief/Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine

Residency Training: Maricopa Emergency Medicine
Interests: Big data, Tableau, ED operations, Low-risk chest pain, Basketball, Tennis, Fitness, All things 'water', Modern architecture, Cars, Taking care of my 100 pound puppy 'Gus'


William Krauss, MD, FACEP
Assistant Program Director

Residency Training: Brigham and Women's Hospital / Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency (HAEMR)
Interests: Acute Pain Management, Surfing, Swimming, Fishing, Enjoying Southern California with my wife and kids


Jonathan Kei, MD, MPH, FACEP
Assistant Program Director 
Director of Airway Management

Residency Training: UC Davis Emergency Medicine
Interests: Airway management, resuscitation, public health/epidemiology, golf, fly fishing, photography.


Donald MebusT, MD
Clerkship Director

Medical School: UCLA Emergency Medicine
Interests: Medical education, Hiking, Surfing, Softball, Jogging and raising my family.


Jeff Lapoint, DO
Director of Medical Toxicology

Residency Training: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Fellowship Training: Toxicology, NYC Poison Control Center/Bellevue
Interests: Technology in medical education, emerging drugs of abuse, envenomations, surfing, and photography.


Dasia Esener, MD, MS
Ultrasound Fellowship Director

Residency Training: Baystate Medical Center Emergency Medicine
Fellowship Training: Emergency Ultrasound, Baystate Medical Center
Interests: Interests: ultrasound, ultrasound gel, ultrasound fellowship, ultrasound machines, ultrasound teaching, ultrasound gumbo


Steve Aguilar, MD
Director of Resuscitation Science

Residency Training: UCSD EM
Fellowship Training: UCSD, Resuscitation Science
Interests: Baseball, Baseball, Baseball, Simulation, Resuscitation science.


Clifford Swap, MD, MS
Research Director

Residency Training: Brigham and Women's Hospital / Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency (HAEMR)
Interests: Neuroimaging, ACS diagnostics, golf, piano


Randall Young, MD, MMM

Residency Training: Washington University St. Louis Emergency Medicine
Fellowship Training: Admin Fellowship, EMA/LAC+USC Medical Center/Marshall School of Business
Interests: Emergency Operations, Disaster Management, Standards of Practice, XBox 360, Mountain Biking and Learning to Surf.


Charles Chiang, MD
Co-EM Medical Director Simulation Labs, SCPMG Regional ED Coding Champion

Residency Training: USC/LA County Emergency Medicine
Interests: Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Hyperrealistic Simulation, Resident Finance, Family, Volleyball.

Teaching Faculty

  • Mette Adkisson, MD

  • Lisa Alcaraz, MD

  • Cesar Avila, MD

  • Paulo Berger, MD

  • Eduardo Borquez, MD

  • Jeffrey Bush, MD

  • Sonia Callejas, MD

  • Quetzalsol F. Chacon-Lopez MD, MPH (Ringside MD)

  • Alison Celis, MD

  • Ian Chong, MD

  • Jenny Chua-Tuan, MD, MBA (Assistant Chief)

  • Kathy Cooper, DO (Toxicology)

  • Robert Cunningham, MD

  • Rebecca DeRoss, MD

  • Paul Dohrenwend, MD (Assistant Chief)

  • Matt Edwards, MD (Assistant Chief)

  • Matt Fields, MD (Director of Ultrasound)

  • Jacob Gessin, MD

  • Nicholas Granzella, MD

  • Robert Husband, DO

  • Wender Hwang, MD

  • Deana Kantartzis, MD

  • Christian Kelly, MD

  • Steven Kohler, MD

  • Ryan Krause, DO

  • Joanna Law-Courter, MD

  • Hien Le, MD

  • Brent Lorenzen, MD (Informatics)

  • Bryan Maltby, MD

  • Jonathan Mau, MD RDMS (Ultrasound Faculty)

  • Cameron McFarland, MD (QI Director)

  • Tina McGovern, MD (Global Health)

  • Mark Meyer, MD (Simulation Director)

  • Connie B. Miller, MD

  • Bhavesh Mody, MD

  • Craig Morelan, MD

  • David Neison, MD (Disaster Director)

  • So Onishi, MD

  • Elizabeth Owen, MD

  • Vanessa Park, MD

  • Ken Perry, MD (Ultrasound)

  • Angela Pham, MD

  • Matthew Poliakoff, DO

  • Anthony Salazar, MD (Assistant QI Director)

  • Tim Saylor, MD

  • Van Schalin, MD

  • Adam Schwartz, MD (ED Department Chief)

  • Eduardo Serna, MD

  • Christopher Scott, MD (EMS Director)

  • Mashal Shamel, MD

  • Michael Shaheen, MD

  • Michelle Shaprut, MD

  • Jen Soifer, MD

  • Jessica Stern, MD

  • Thomas Tellez, MD

  • Jon van de Leuv, MD (Resident QI)

  • Jose Vega, MD

  • Pritbir Virk, MD

  • Katy Welker, MD (Toxicology)

  • Cyril Thomas, PA (Wound Care, Global Health)

  • Michael Young, DO (Toxicology)

  • Jon Zackary, MD