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Department of Pediatrics

Department of Pediatrics

Class of 2014 Pediatric Housestaff

Cate Bakey, M.D.

Portrait of Dr. BakeyUndergraduate: Cornell University

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania

Why did you choose the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

I wanted to try living on the west coast for some adventure, and really like Sacramento's comfortable feel. The program seemed very supportive of its residents, and I loved the balance between seeing uncommon cases with bread and butter pediatrics.

Clinical areas of interest: Outpatient General Pediatrics

Hobbies: Hanging out with my cats and dog, learning how to play ice hockey, going out in Midtown with friends and co-residents, enjoying the amazing restaurants around here, and avidly following TV series like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones.

Caroline Currie, M.D.

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Undergraduate: UC Berkeley

Medical School: Georgetown Medical School

Why did you choose the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

Very few pediatric fellows, so increased opportunity for procedures and management of patients directly with attendings. Very friendly people and working environment with faculty was very collegial. Mid-size program. Great local markets and many new farm to table restaurants in Sacramento.

Clinical areas of interest: Emergency Medicine & ICU Management

Hobbies: Hiking, traveling, going to sports games, & jawning.

Eric Fein, M.D., M.P.P.

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Undergraduate: UC Berkeley

Medical School: UCLA

Why did you choose the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

Breadth and depth of clinical opportunities, smaller program size, ability to work at an FQHC, ability to train at a program with a dedicated Peds ED, close to family.

Clinical areas of interest: NICU, PICU, Hospitalist Pediatrics, Gen Peds

Hobbies: Hiking, playing with my dog, hanging out with my wife.

Connie Gundacker, M.D.

Portrait of Dr. Gundacker

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin - Madison

Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Why did you choose the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

What first attracted me to the UC Davis Residency Program was that advocacy was built into the curriculum. This has now evolved into the scholarly projects (so residents can choose a topic/track that interests them the most). When I interviewed here for residency I found the faculty and residents very approachable and enjoyed the academic environment. My husband is in internal medicine and we did couple's match here and have both been happy in our respective programs.

Clinical areas of interest: Global Health - had the opportunity to work in Nicaragua for 2 months during residency. Underserved Populations- I'm one of the residents who has their continuity clinic at WellSpace Health (FQHC).

Hobbies: Cycling, running, skiing, baking, hiking, photography, traveling.

Kara Kuhn-Riordon, M.D.

Portrait of Dr. Kuhn-Riordon

Undergraduate: UC Davis

Medical School: Saint Louis University

Why did you choose the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

Program size, many specialties without fellows (more one-on-one faculty teaching), great faculty, location (near Tahoe, SF, etc).

Clinical areas of interest: NICU - specifically Infectious Disease and Cardiology.

Hobbies: Gardening, cooking, baking, skiing, indoor rock climbing, being crafty.

Laura McDermott, M.D., M.S.

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Undergraduate: St. Mary's College of California

Medical School: Creighton University

Why did you choose the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

Location and cost of living. I grew up here and it was nice to get back to friends and family. The faculty here are very approachable and love to teach. The residents get along and are genuinely happy. There's a diversity of patients and disease processes, but you also have time to read. There's flexibility in the program to deal with life's unexpected circumstances. The program wants the residents to succeed.

Clinical areas of interest: Preventative Medicine, Outpatient Pediatrics & Childhood Obesity

Hobbies: Spending time with my husband and 2 foxy boys (ages 6 & 3), hanging out with friends, going to the zoo, hiking, going to the river, and when I have a long weekend - relaxing at our family cabin. There are a lot of kid friendly activities, free concerts in the park and we are close to Tahoe for amazing hikes and skiing.

Patricia Molina, M.D., M.P.H.

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Undergraduate: UC Davis

Medical School: UC Davis

Why did you choose the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

I chose UC Davis to do my Pediatric training because of the wonderful diversity in the patients that we have and the many disease processes we see here. I also like the medium size of our program.

Clinical areas of interest: General Pediatrics

Hobbies: Spending time with my husband and daughters, reading, & hiking.

Bhavana Narala, M.D.

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Undergraduate: University of Nevada, Reno

Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine

Why did you choose the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

I choose UC Davis because of the excellent clinical diversity, supportive faculty and friendly residents. In addition, it was in close proximity to home.

Clinical areas of interest: Pediatric Endocrinology & International Medicine

Hobbies: Baking, reading, tennis, movies and traveling.

Elizabeth Partridge, M.D., M.P.H.

Portrait of Dr. Partridge

Undergraduate: Georgetown University

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Why did you choose the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

Supportive co-residents and faculty. Strong academic program with excellent teaching and training opportunities. Near to home and relatives.

Clinical areas of interest: Pediatric Infectious disease, International Health & Public Health

Hobbies: Spending time with family, nature walks/hikes & kayaking/rafting down the American River.

Daniel Petroni, M.D, Ph.D.

Portrait of Dr. Petroni

Undergraduate: UC Davis      

Medical School: Tulane University

Why did you choose the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

I picked UC Davis because it was medium size program, large enough for coverage but small enough that all the faculty knows you. There are no fellows to take away your learning or interesting cases instead the care is conducted by the residents working directly with an attending.

Clinical areas of interest: Allergy and Immunology

Hobbies: Golf, snowboarding & amateur mixologist.

J. Michael Saxton, M.D.

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Undergraduate: UC San Diego          

Medical School: USC Keck School of Medicine

Why did you choose the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

Multiple factors went into the decision. On my interview day I was struck by the overall happiness of the residents and I was attracted to the program's medium size. Lifestyle in Sacramento was another large factor - I had spent 9 long years in Southern California and I needed a change, this town just fit my idea of the perfect place to live.

Clinical areas of interest: Rural Pediatrics, Underserved Populations & Pediatric Neurology

Hobbies: Anything outdoors, cooking, walks with my wife & exploring new parts of Sacramento.

Ashvin Shenoy, M.D.

Portrait of Dr. Shenoy

Undergraduate: Pepperdine University

Medical School: University of Nevada

Why did you choose the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

As my wife and I were couples matching into Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, we were looking for a strong program that fit both our needs and also provided a great location that was close to family. After doing a 4th year sub-I at UC Davis, I fell in love with the great attendings, resident camaraderie, and state of the art hospital and EMR. Sacramento is also a great town and close to Napa, SF, and Tahoe for weekend trips.

Clinical areas of interest: General pediatrics, Pediatric Heme/Onc, public health, vaccination rates and parent counseling.

Hobbies: Watching and playing sports, trying out new bars/restaurants, BBQ-ing, traveling with my wife and co-residents, pub trivia nights, TV and movie aficionado.

Kristina Stillwell, M.D.

Portrait of Dr. Stillwell

Undergraduate: UC Berkeley

Medical School: UC Irvine         

Why did you choose the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program?

I was fortunate enough to join the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program when I moved back to California as a PGY2. I love the medium size of the program as there is great one-on-one attention from attendings and more opportunities to be involved in direct patient care. There is a true camaraderie among the residents and faculty and have felt nurtured as a member of the housestaff. I find Sacramento a great place to live and the patient population in this area is extremely diverse.

Clinical areas of interest: Neonatology and neonatal follow-up. I am particularly interested in nutrition while in the NICU and after discharge particularly with regards to metabolic bone disease and vitamin deficiencies.

Hobbies: Hiking, skiing and white-water rafting. Dining at great restaurants and trying new foods. Going to the dog park with my Beagle mix Robbie.

Contact Us - Residency
You can reach us by calling (916) 734-2428 or by e-mail to pedsresidency@ucdavis.edu.