2019-2020 Chief Medical Residents
UCSF Medical Center
Arielle Klepper, MD
Arielle was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended Cornell University, earning a BA in Biology and Society. After graduation, she went on to perform lab-based research, ultimately matriculating into the MD/PhD program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her PhD thesis focused on hepatitis C virus pathogenesis, and she received her MD from Mount Sinai as well. She was a founder and steering committee member of two student groups aimed at improving diversity, equity and inclusion: Students for Equal Opportunity in Science and Women in Science and Medicine. She then began residency at UCSF, ultimately joining the Molecular Medicine research pathway where she continued to perform translational research. She also served on the steering committee of the resident group Women in Leadership Development. She hopes to pursue an academic career that combines her interests in liver disease and translational research while also staying committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. In her free time, she enjoys exploring San Francisco restaurants, spinning classes, Pittsburgh Steelers football, and hanging with her husband and new baby, Sloan.
Paul Marano, MD
Paul grew up in Long Island, NY and attended Princeton University, where he earned a degree in Chemistry. He attended Harvard Medical School and then made the cross-country journey to UCSF, where he joined the Program in Residency Investigation Methods and Epidemiology (PRIME) track. He plans to pursue a career in cardiology with a focus on clinical research and education. Outside of the hospital, you can probably find him playing guitar, watching soccer, or hiking somewhere just outside the city.
Anne Montgomery, MD
Anne grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas before leaving for the East Coast to attend Harvard University. She earned a BA in Social Studies with an emphasis on the social determinants of health. After college, she made the cross-country move to San Francisco where she worked for several years at Climate Policy Initiative, a small think tank focused on improving energy and land use policy worldwide. She then completed her MD at UCSF before joining the UCSF Primary Care residency program at Mt. Zion. During residency, she participated in the Health Equities Track at ZSFG and was a member of the Women in Leadership Development (WiLD) Steering Committee. She plans to pursue a career as a clinician educator in general internal medicine. Outside of the clinic, you can find Anne running through the city, hiking through Marin, and making slow progress through her growing collection of fiction.
VA Medical Center
Max Brondfield, MD
Max grew up in San Francisco, California and attended Harvard University, earning a BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy. He returned home to complete his MD and residency training in internal medicine at UCSF. During residency, he was a member of the PRIME clinical research pathway, exploring projects in both lung and liver transplant, most recently evaluating geographic disparities in organ allocation. Max plans to pursue a career in gastroenterology that combines his interest in clinical research and passion for education. Outside of medicine, Max enjoys traveling with his wife, rooting for his hometown sports teams, and exploring the Bay Area’s many delicious restaurants.
Sharmin Shekarchian, MD
Sharmin was born and raised in Iran before moving to the Bay Area. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. She attended UCSF for both medical school and internal medicine residency. She was part of the Health Professions Education pathway as a medical student and the Health Systems and Leadership pathway as a resident. After chief year, she plans to be an academic hospitalist and to pursue a career in medical education. Her interests include curriculum design and clinical reasoning. She is one of the co-hosts of the Clinical Problem Solvers: an internal medicine podcast dedicated to diagnostic reasoning through a case-based, iterative process. Sharmin is also an avid tennis and soccer fan, she loves traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Kendra Moore, MD
Kendra was born and raised in Sacramento, CA, and then moved east to attend Columbia University, where she studied Hispanic Studies and Human Rights. After college, she continued her East Coast tour, moving to Boston to serve in AmeriCorps, and then later developing women's health programs and outreach strategy for Fenway Health, an LGBTQ+ focused federally qualified health center. She then attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania where she received both her MD and Master of Bioethics. After 11 years on the East Coast, she finally returned home to California to join the UC Primary Care program (UCPC). While at UCSF, she completed the Health Professions Educator pathway and has served on the Residency Well-being Committee, the GME Well-being Committee, and the UCSF Health Medical Ethics Committee. After her chief resident year, Kendra hopes to pursue a career delivering compassionate, whole-person primary care and advocating for continued improvements in facilitating physician well-being. When not at work, Kendra loves getting outside, making crafts, writing greeting cards, and taking snapshots with loved ones in every available photobooth in SF.
Zuckerberg San Francisco General
Albert Liu, MD
Albert grew up in Corona, CA just east of Los Angeles. He studied Chemistry at Pomona College and completed his MD at UCLA before making the long journey north for residency at UCSF. As a member of the PRIME program, he studied disparities in palliative care for patients with heart failure. He plans to pursue a career in cardiology, with a focus on addressing goals of care and social determinants of health for vulnerable populations. Outside of the hospital, Albert can be found rock climbing, experimenting with his Instant Pot, and playing board games.
Kathryn Sullivan, MD
Kathryn (Katie) grew up outside of Chicago, IL and then attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC where she studied Biology and Art History. After graduating, she discovered her love of clinical medicine while volunteering at a hospital in Rwanda. Katie moved to California to work as a clinical trials coordinator for patients with neurodegenerative diseases at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. Her experience at the Pritzker School of Medicine at University of Chicago further cultivated her interests in social justice and healthcare equity. Katie returned to UCSF as a categorical internal medicine resident. She completed the clinical research focused PRIME pathway with the intention to pursue research, advocacy, and policy initiatives throughout her career. After completing chief year, Katie hopes to build an academic career to advance health of vulnerable populations. When not at work, Katie loves cooking new foods, learning how to surf, listening to music, gardening and being outdoors.
Tyler Mains, MD
Growing up in St. Louis, Tyler dreamed of becoming an actor. He moved to LA for college at USC to pursue his Hollywood career, but after many failed auditions, he discovered a new passion: education. He ended his second cross-country road trip in Baltimore where he taught high school biology through Teach For America. He stayed put for Hopkins med school, but later took time off to co-found the MERIT Health Leadership Academy, a nonprofit organization focused on empowering minority high school students to become health professionals and change agents who advance equity. Committed to social justice and vulnerable populations, Tyler joined the SF General Hospital Primary Care (SFPC) family at UCSF and plans to pursue a career as a general internist, community advocate, and health systems innovator. He has loved exploring all the parks, bike paths, restaurants, and breweries around the Bay Area with his husband.
We sincerely thank our outgoing chiefs – Max Brondfield, Arielle Klepper, Albert Liu, Tyler Mains, Paul Marano, Anne Montgomery, Kendra Moore, Katie Sullivan and Sharmin Shekarchian – for their incredible leadership and hard work this year on behalf of the residents, particularly in light of the challenges related to Covid-19.