Residency Class 2017-2018

Resident Resident Information
King Cachola King Cachola, MD
PGY-4
Internship: SUNY Upstate, Syracuse, New York
Medical School: Ross University, Dominica
Undergraduate: University of California at Riverside, Biological Science, BS, Riverside, California
Hometown: Los Angeles, California

“I enjoy building computers, playing puzzles and board games, photography, hiking, traveling, and trying various foods. I find Houston to be a diverse city, which allows me to try a variety of foods and has a lot of interesting events such as the rodeo and concerts. I find the musculoskeletal aspect of PM&R to be the most interesting and I plan to build upon it in the future.”

Michael Irvine, DO, MS
PGY-4
Internship: St. Petersburg General Hospital, Traditional Rotating Internship, St. Petersburg, Florida
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Graduate School: Florida Atlantic University, Masters in Biomedical Sciences, Boca Raton, Florida
Undergraduate: Florida Atlantic University, Biological Science, BS, Boca Raton, Florida
Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida

“I like to stay active and pursue a healthy lifestyle. My favorite part of PM&R is career flexibility.”

Paolo Mimbella, MD, MS
Academic Chief Resident
PGY-4
Internship: Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Transitional Year, Bronx, New York
Medical School: St. George’s University
Graduate School: Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry, University of Miami, Florida
Undergraduate: University of Miami, Exercise Physiology, BS, Miami, Florida
Hometown: Miami, Florida

“I like exploring this crazy yet beautiful place called Earth, and striving to put more in than I take out.”

Tomasz Podobinski, DO
Administrative Chief Resident
Website Committee Member
TIRR Medical Informatics Committee Member
UT Health Residency Senator

PGY-4
Internship: South Nassau Communities Hospital, Traditional Rotating Internship, Oceanside, New York
Medical School:
Des Moines University
Undergraduate:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Integrative Biology, BS, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Hometown: Buffalo Grove, Illinois

“I am originally from Poland but lived in the US for over a decade. I vote Houston for its multiculturality and abundance of great restaurants.”

Hussein Baradia Hussein Baradia, DO, MS
Incoming Quality Improvement Chief Resident
PGY-3
Internship: Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, Traditional Rotating Internship, Wyandotte, Michigan
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduate School: Master of Science in Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate: Linfield College, General Science, BSc, McMinnville, Oregon
Hometown: Houston, Texas

“I was born and raised in Kenya, I love to play and watch soccer and I like the fact that PM&R integrates pretty much every aspect of medicine.”

Ellia Ciammaichella Ellia Ciammaichella, DO, JD
PGY-3
Resident, Fellow in Training Physician Committee Board Member, AAPM&R
PM&R Website Committee Member

Internship: College Medical Center, Traditional Rotating Internship, Long Beach, California
Medical School: Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
Law School: The George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia
Undergraduate: University of California at Berkeley, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, BS, Berkeley, California
Hometown: San Jose, California

“Although a California native, I have lived on the East Coast as well as overseas in Saipan and Japan. I love to spend time with my family and my NICU graduate baby girl. Interestingly, I have been to all five territories of the United States. In my spare time, I love to crochet and sew.”

Jason Edwards Jason Edwards, DO
Incoming Administrative Chief Resident
UT Health Residency Senator

PGY-3
Internship: St. Petersburg General Hospital, Traditional Rotating Internship, St. Petersburg Florida
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus, Suwanee, Georgia
Undergraduate: Georgia College and State University, Psychology, BS, Milledgeville, Georgia
Hometown: Milledgeville, Georgia

Since making Houston my home, I have taken advantage of its many greenways, enjoying jogging and cycling along the bayous. It has been exciting to discover the city’s multicultural richness through its restaurants, strong arts scene, and its people. Fun fact: I am a former DJ/sound engineer and enjoy keeping up with emerging talent in the music scene.

Patrick Mollett, DO
PGY-3
Internship: St Mary Mercy Livonia, Traditional Rotating Internship, Livonia, Michigan
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Kansas State University, Biology, BS, Manhattan, Kansas
Hometown: Hutchinson, Kansas

“My hobbies are running, swimming, art and history.”

Dickran Altounian, DO, MS
Resident, Fellow in Training Physician Ambassador, AAPM&R
UT Health Residency Senator

PGY-2
Internship: Chino Valley Medical Center, Traditional Rotating Internship
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences
Graduate School: University of Southern California, Global Medicine, MS,
Undergraduate: University of Southern California, Neuroscience, BA,
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

“I enjoy playing basketball, baseball, soccer, and football and am an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan. I enjoy good food, movies, theatrical productions, exploring new hiking trails, and running. Looking forward to exploring Houston’s diverse culture, sports, rodeo, food, and the arts. My favorite part of PM&R is that it encompasses many aspects of medicine and takes on a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.”

Kyriakos Dalamagkas, MD, MS
PGY-2
Internship: Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
Medical School: Faculty of Medicine, University of Thessalia, Greece
Graduate School: University College of London, MS,
Hometown: Larisa, Greece

“Being a quadriplegic physician who has traveled the world in order to obtain training from the best centers in neurorehabilitation and spinal cord injury, my ultimate goal is to manage to help patients like myself in order for them to live to their full potential. I can relate to my patients to a different level because of my injury experience and I aim at providing them with the best approaches for neurorehabilitation in a worldwide level. I plan to subspecialize in Spinal Cord Injury in order to pursue my passion.”

Jason Hua, DO
PGY-2
Internship: Clarion Hospital, Traditional Rotating Internship
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Baylor University, Biological Sciences, BS,
Hometown: Denison, TX

“I enjoy all sports, in particular football and basketball. Currently, I enjoy weight lifting and playing basketball at the UTHealth recreational center. I feel blessed to be in Houston for this great training opportunity in PM&R. Being a sports enthusiast I feel right at home.”

Alexander Wu, MD
PGY-2
Internship: McGovern Medical School, Internal Medicine, Houston, Texas
Medical School: McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas
Undergraduate: Rice University, Biological Sciences, BA,
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

“My favorite sport is American football “

Samuel Kim, MD
PGY-1
Medical School: McGovern Medical School
Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego, Management Science, BS,
Hometown: San Jose, CA

“Sam is a native Californian transplanted to Texas by way of medical school. He is proud to be training at UTHealth, at the heart of the largest medical center in the world, and is excited to now call himself an aspiring Texan.”

Kemly Philip, MD, PhD
PGY-1
Medical School: McGovern Medical School
Graduate School: UT MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Science, PhD
Graduate School: Rice University, MS
Undergraduate: Rice University, Bioengineering, BS,
Hometown: Houston, TX

“Although a Houston-native, one of the things I did not appreciate as much growing up outside of the amazing diversity in food, arts, and culture, are the immense opportunities for service within the medical center and Houston itself. It has been a perfect place to be in, in terms of collaborative community-service projects from working with area refugees to border health to advocating for children and adults with IDDs through programs like Best Buddies International. At this point in my career, I am most interested in pursuing a fellowship in Pediatric Rehabilitation and ultimately, look forward to using my background in engineering and translational research to address challenges facing the unique population of children with congenital or acquired physical disabilities. Outside of academics, research, and service endeavors off the wards, you will find me spending time with my husband, two children (2yo and 4mo), two dogs, family, and friends. Relaxing with Netflix, enjoying the food/dessert scene in Houston, baking, and impromptu dance parties with my toddler are some of my favorite hobbies! “

Eric Jameson Wagner DO, MA
PGY-1
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduate School: Loyola University, MA
Undergraduate: University of Arizona, BS,
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Bei Zhang, MD, MSc
PGY-1
Residency: Rehabilitation Medicine Residency Program at Huashan Hospital, Fudan University
Medical School: Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China
Graduate School: Fudan University, Shanghai, China, MSc
Hometown: Fuzhou, Fujian, P.R.China

“I was raised and trained in China. I like sports, especially Taiji. I feel Houston is a city that embraces cultural diversities. You can always find nice food and fun in the city. Neuro Rehab attracts me most. I enjoy the “heat” in life and PM&R here. “