2018-2019 Chief Medical Residents
UCSF Medical Center
Laura Huppert, MD
Laura grew up in Piedmont, California and attended Harvard University, earning a BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology. During college, she studied bacterial pathogenesis in the laboratory of Dr. Briana Burton and rowed on the varsity crew team. She attended Harvard Medical School, where she continued her lab-based research and also acted as the research director for the student-run free clinic. She returned to the Bay Area for residency at UCSF as a member of the Molecular Medicine Pathway, serving as the Molecular Medicine Teaching Scholar during her third year. She hopes to pursue an academic career that combines her interests in translational research and medical education. In her free time, she enjoys running along Ocean Beach and backpacking in National Parks.
Timothy Judson, MD
Tim grew up in Suffield, CT before attending Tufts University for both his BS in biology and community health and his Masters in Public Health. He completed his MD at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. He made the cross-country leap to UCSF, where he joined the Health Systems and Leadership pathway, and conducted research on innovative payment models and physician engagement. Tim plans to pursue a career in hospital medicine, focusing on developing and leading value-based payment models. Outside of medicine, Tim loves skiing, playing soccer and hosting dinner parties with his wife.
Jessica Valente, MD
Jessica was born in Sacramento, CA, but eventually moved to the tiny town of Franklin, GA, where she spent all of her childhood on a small farm. She left for the big city of Atlanta to attend college at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she studied Biology and Psychology. After college, she received her Masters in Public Health from Georgia State University, and worked for 2 years in child abuse prevention and program implementation. She attended Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, and then made the cross-country trip to UCSF to start her residency in the UC Primary Care Track. While in residency, she conducted qualitative research on underserved patients’ experience in primary care with a special interest in patient-physician communication. She ultimately hopes to practice rural primary care with a mix of teaching medical students and residents. Outside of the clinic, you can find her hiking, gardening, exploring the Bay Area with her husband and sister (new transplant to SF!), and trying new ice cream shops.
VA Medical Center
Chloe Ciccariello, MD
Chloe was born in Boston and grew up in Concord, MA. She attended Columbia University where she studied Biology and Human Rights. She then worked for two years at the health education non-profit Peer Health Exchange, teaching a health curriculum in Boston Public Schools. She then attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She was a member of the SF Primary Care Tract while in residency, and is passionate about primary care. She hopes to work in the field of primary care with a focus on addiction medicine and underserved populations.
Armond Esmaili, MD
Hailing from a mountain town just west of Denver, Armond pursued his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University as a Human Science major with experiences in global health and health management consulting. He remained at Georgetown for medical school before heading to UCSF for residency. As a resident, he's loved the diverse tri-hospital training, pursued health policy work in the Health Systems and Leadership pathway, and performed quality improvement projects focused on care transitions and diagnostic error. In the future, he aims to serve as a clinician educator in hospital medicine and lead work in patient safety and health care practice innovation. Outside of medicine, you can likely find him trail running in the Marin Headlands or road biking across the city's many hills.
Evan Walker, MD
Evan grew up in Santa Cruz, California prior to attending Brown University, where he studied comparative biology. He returned to the West Coast for medical school and residency at UCSF. During residency he participated in the Program in Residency Investigation Methods and Epidemiology. He plans to pursue a career in medical oncology that combines clinical trials research with efforts to improve advance care planning for patients with cancer. Outside of the hospital, Evan can be found camping with his wife in national parks throughout the US or playing his bass.
Zuckerberg San Francisco General
Matthew Hickey, MD
Matt grew up in Houston, TX (if you ask Ashley, outside of Houston). He attended Texas A&M where he studied biochemistry and anthropology before making his escape out west to UCSF for medical school. During medical school, he lived in Kenya for a year and spent time working on social network interventions for HIV. He was in the SFPC track in residency and loves spending as much time as possible at the General. He plans to pursue a research career in global health helping to improve delivery of HIV and other chronic disease care. When not working, Matt enjoys biking, hiking, backpacking, and most things outdoors.
Jennifer Olenik, MD
Jen grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia. She stayed close to home for college at Lehigh University where she studied behavioral neuroscience and then medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. She gained the courage to come west after living in Central America for a year during medical school. She joined the UC Primary Care program (UCPC) and the Health Professions Education pathway, where she studied innovative ways to teach in clinic and on the wards and realized the importance of excellent communication for both education and patient care. She honed these skills with a Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship here at UCSF and plans to pursue a career as a clinical educator combining general internal medicine and palliative care. She also loves photography, travel, spinning, reading, and riding the Warriors bandwagon while also hoping the Sixers make it back to the championships in the next couple years.
Ashley McMullen, MD
Ashley is from Houston, TX and attended college at Trinity University in San Antonio before venturing east to do HIV/AIDS vaccine research at the Ragon Institute. After a few cold winters in Boston, she returned home to earn her MD at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. She is a proud alum of the San Francisco General Primary Care (SFPC) Track, and plans to build a career in academic primary care for urban/under-served communities. In her spare time, you can find Ashley making Spotify playlists for all occasions, reading books, and biking the flat parts of San Francisco.