Our Faculty and Staff

Parastou Farhadian

 

Parastou Farhadian, MD
Program Director

Dr. Farhadian is the Program Director for RUHS/UCR Family Medicine Residency Program. She plays a crucial role as liaison leader between our program and the inpatient and outpatient services provided by RUHS. She completed family medicine residency training at Riverside University Health Systems. She is a graduate of California Health Care Foundation's (CHCF) Health Care Leadership Fellowship Program. Her special interests are Faculty Development, and Patient Education. She speaks native Farsi. Dr. Farhadian loves to work with our faculty and staff to educate and inspire residents. Outside of work, Dr. Farhadian enjoys spending time with her family.

 

Adolfo Aguilera, MD
Associate Program Director
Physician-in-Charge, Moreno Valley Community Health Center

Dr. Aguilera serves as the Associate Residency Program Director and Physician in Charge of the resident-run Moreno Valley Community Health Center. Dr. Aguilera graduated from University of Illinois, School of Medicine, and completed family residency training at Riverside University Health Systems. He serves as Clinical Skills 1 Director for UCR School of Medicine. His special interests include Women’s Health, Prenatal, Pediatrics, Procedures, Medical Education and Training, and Underserved and Vulnerable Populations. He speaks native Spanish, having immigrated from Mexico at a young age, and focuses on culturally and linguistically sensitive patient-centered care.  Dr. Aguilera loves knowing that he is impacting people’s lives by serving as a role model. He enjoys working with his colleagues, residents, nursing staff, and patients. Outside of work, Dr. Aguilera enjoys traveling, road trips to National Parks, camping, fishing, hiking, playing sports, and bike riding.

 

Nathan McLaughlin, MD
Associate Program Director

Dr. McLaughlin is Associate Program Director and Clinical Skills Professor for UCR MS1 and MS2. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University SOM and completed family medicine residency training at University of Illinois at Chicago. His special interests include medical education and mentoring, evidence-based medicine, inpatient medicine, reproductive health access, and serving as medical director for Riverside Free Clinic. He speaks Spanish. He loves his job because it offers a wide range of roles in full spectrum family medicine with colleagues at both RUHS and UCR SOM.  He believes that the education of future physicians is critically important and has the invaluable experience of following learners from first year medical school through residency graduation. Outside of medicine, Dr. McLaughlin is enthusiastic about woodworking, rock climbing, and spending time in the mountains.

 

Geoffrey Leung, MD, EdM
Chair, Family Medicine Department

Dr. Leung serves as Chair of the Family Medicine Department. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine, and completed his residency training at Kaiser Orange County. Dr. Leung is a former residency program director, and his interests include Ambulatory Care, Public Health, Patient Education, and Health Care Policy.  He is passionate about improving care for underserved populations.

 

Ryan Buller, DO
RUHS/UCR Sports Medicine Fellowship, Program Director

Dr. Buller serves as Program Director for RUHS/UCR Sports Medicine Fellowship, as well as Faculty for Family Medicine Residency program. He attended Western University/COMP and completed Family Medicine residency training at RUHS and Sports Medicine fellowship at Harbor-UCLA. Dr. Buller returned to RUHS after completion of fellowship to spearhead the Sports Medicine fellowship of RUHS/UCR. His special interests in addition to Sports Medicine include Diversity in Medicine and Community Outreach through sports. He has an affinity for the people of the Inland empire, and enjoys serving this community by providing healthcare to the people and by training future independent physicians who will take care of this community. Outside of medicine, Dr. Buller spends time with his growing family, playing and watching sports.

 

 

Barbara Ackerman, BSN, RN, PhD Clinical Psychology
Assistant Program Director
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Ackerman earned her BSN from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh) and her PhD from the California School of Professional Psychology (Fresno). She joined the residency program in 2011. Dr. Ackerman completed the Behavior Science/Family Systems Educator Fellowship with STFM in 2014 and the Leadership Fellowship with the California Health Care Foundation at UCSF in 2020. She is proud to work for a residency program that values innovation and outstanding health care services for the underserved. As core faculty, Dr. Ackerman has several roles: clinician, teacher and researcher. She enjoys English mysteries and jazz.

 

Faheem M. Jukaku, MD
Faculty

Dr. Jukaku serves as a Core Faculty for RUHS Family Medicine Residency Program. He attended medical school at JJM Medical College in Davangere, Karnataka state, India. He completed a general surgery internship at St. Johns Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and family medicine residency through RUHS. He is board certified in Hospice and Palliative medicine. He has completed mini-fellowship in Geriatrics at UCLA and Primary pain management at UC Davis. His special interests include wound care and primary care procedures. He speaks native Hindi and Urdu. He loves to work with the underserved population and believes that this program gives unlimited opportunity to grow clinical and leadership skills from the very beginning. Outside of medicine, Dr. Jukaku enjoys traveling, playing tennis, practicing religion/spirituality, and taking care of his many children.

 

Laura Nader, MD
Faculty

Dr. Nader is Core Faculty, in addition to director for Women’s Health, ALSO course, and Population Health Management. She attended Indiana University SOM and completed training at Community Family Medicine Residency Program. Additionally, she worked for 5 years at a faith-based inner city FQHC to provide outpatient and maternity care in Indianapolis. She has special interest in Outpatient procedures, Care of Underserved, ALSO training, and Women’s Health. She loves working at RUHS, particularly teaching and being a family physician for medically underserved people. She loves to connect with patients, build long term partnerships with them. She wants to share this joy with the resident. She believes our program is a great team of mission-minded people who work together to overcome any challenge. Our team is committed to the vision of bringing hope and healing to those we serve. Outside of medicine, she enjoys baking, hiking, and visiting national parks.

 

 

Uziel Sauceda, MD
Faculty
RUHS/UCR Sports Medicine Fellowship, Assistant Program Director

Dr. Sauceda is Core Faculty and Inpatient Medicine Director for the Family Medicine program as well as Assistant Program Director for Sports Medicine fellowship. He is a graduate of the formerly known UCR/UCLA program and completed training at UCSD Family Medicine Residency and UCSD Sports Medicine Fellowship. He is a native Spanish speaker. Dr. Sauceda has special interest in Sports Medicine, Point-of-Care Ultrasound, and Inpatient Medicine. He believes that RUHS FMRP is a welcoming place where all faculty are dedicated to the improvement of resident training. He holds his colleagues in high regard and is very glad to work alongside experienced and enthusiastic faculty. Outside of medicine, he enjoys combat sports, PC gaming, and practicing his religion of Christianity.

 

Moazzum Bajwa, MD, MPH, MSC
Faculty

Dr. Bajwa core faculty at RUHS/UCR Family Medicine Residency, leading the program's Community Health & Social Medicine initiative. He is the Medical Director of the Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Experience (LACE) at UCR School of Medicine, as well as faculty advisor for the UCR Street Medicine initiative.

A former middle school teacher, Dr. Bajwa is passionate about promoting health equity through public health advocacy, research, and education. He earned degrees in public health from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Jefferson College of Population Health. After traveling to the island nation of Dominica to attend Ross University School of Medicine and falling in love with family medicine, Dr. Bajwa completed his full-spectrum training at RUHS/UCR Family Medicine Residency Program.

 

Raymond Kramer, MD
Faculty

Dr. Kramer is Core Faculty of RUHS Family Resident Program and long-time clinician for many RUHS FQHCs. He attended University of Alabama, Birmingham, SOM and completed Family Medicine training at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. He completed a mini-fellowship in Primary Care Psychiatry with UC Davis. His special interests include addiction medicine, diabetes, headaches, evidence-based physical diagnosis, and physician wellness. He speaks Spanish fluently. He loves working with residents in this program because the residents have motivated him to become a better doctor, teacher, and human. He believes working with the faculty, residents, and underserved patients of the Inland Empire has been the greatest privilege of his life! Outside of Medicine, he enjoys practicing woodworking and karmic retrofitting

 

Heidi Pang, DO
Faculty

Dr. Pang holds the position of Core Faculty and Physician Champion of the Research and Scholarly Activity Committee. She attended medical school at Touro University of California and family medicine residency at RUHS. Her special interests include quality improvement and HIV medicine. She speaks native Mandarin and native Cantonese. She loves to work in the RUHS Family Medicine Residency Program because she strives for constant improvement within the program, and loves to serve the underserved populations of the Inland Empire. Outside of medicine, she loves cooking all cuisines and enjoys interior decoration.

 

Vivian Yang, MD
Faculty

Dr. Yang is a Core Faculty. She attended University of California, Irvine, SOM and completed family medicine residency training through RUHS. She is interested in physician wellness, community medicine  and outreach, women’s health, and preventative and lifestyle medicine. She speaks fluent Mandarin and fluent Spanish. She loves to work with the patient populations of Riverside County and utilize community resources to maximize patient care. Outside of medicine, Dr. Yang enjoys meditation, trail running, yoga, playing with dogs, and hiking.

 

Wael Hamade, M.D., Faculty Member               
Chair of Geriatric Division

Dr. Hamade serves as a Faculty Physician and Resident Advisor. He enjoys Academic Medicine and mentoring medical students and residents. Dr. Hamade’s interests include Geriatric Medicine, Home Visits, and Nursing Home care. He completed his Family Medicine residency training at Riverside County Regional Medical Center and his Geriatric Fellowship at UCLA. In addition to serving as the Director of Geriatric Clinic, he is also the lead consultant for the Geriatric Trauma Service.  Outside of the hospital, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and playing basketball.

 

Shunling Tsang, MD, MPH
RUHS Medical Director for Ambulatory Quality 

Dr. Tsang is Medical Director of Ambulatory Quality and Vice Chair of Department of Family Medicine. She went to St. George’s University School of Medicine and completed residency training through RUHS. Her special interests in medicine include population health, performance improvement and clinical excellence, and patient centered Care. She believes that working at RUHS is both professionally and personally satisfying, and residents bring new energy and ideas to the program and system, which inspire clinicians to be better providers and partners with the community. Outside of medicine, she enjoys playing with her family, traveling, and learning about new cultures.

 

Joel Doughten, MD
Clinic Preceptor

Dr. Doughten serves as a Clinic Preceptor and Nursing Home Preceptor. He is board certified in Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Palliative Medicine, and Hospice. He has been teaching in Riverside/Moreno Valley for 32 years. Dr. Doughten runs his own private practice

 

Louise Huang, MD
Clinic Preceptor

Dr. Huang serves as a Clinic Preceptor. Dr. Huang is a graduate of RUHS/UCR FM Residency Program (formerly RCRMC and Riverside General Hospital) and enjoys teaching our resident physicians from her extensive experience in full-spectrum family medicine

 

Ebelynn Skinner
Program Coordinator

 

Treva Williams

Family Medicine Residency
Program Assistant

 

​Brenda VelasquezOffice
Assistant