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Chief Residents
Melinda Aliza Costa, MD  
Melinda Aliza Costa, MD
mcosta@surgery.usc.edu
Hometown: Cooper City, FL
Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania
Grad School: University of Pennsylvania

Melinda is currently a Chief resident in the combined General Surgery / Plastic Surgery program.

 

Justin Thomas Kane, MD  
Justin Thomas Kane, MD
jkane@surgery.usc.edu
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Undergrad: University of Notre Dame
Grad School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Lily Feng Lee, MD  
Lily Feng Lee, MD
llee@surgery.usc.edu
Hometown: Houston, TX
Undergrad: Case Western Reserve University
Grad School: Case Western Reserve University

I am most fascinated by surgery of the face - because that is what creates your first impression of someone. My research interest lies in the regeneration of hair and sebaceous glands. Spare time is spent with family, organic gardening, and SCUBA diving.

Ali M. Soltani, MD  
Ali M. Soltani, MD
asoltani@surgery.usc.edu
Hometown: San Clemente, CA
Undergrad: University of Southern California
Grad School: Keck School of Medicine of USC

I enjoy MLB baseball and NHL hockey, and playing with my son, etc...

5th Year
Chandra Ellis, M.D.  
Chandra Ellis, M.D.

 

Goretti Ho, M.D.  
Goretti Ho, M.D.
Undergrad: Brown University
Grad School: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

 

Sheila Nazarian Mobin, M.D., M.M.M.  
Sheila Nazarian Mobin, M.D., M.M.M.
snazarian@surgery.usc.edu
Undergrad: Columbia College, Columbia University
Grad School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University

Work interests include craniofacial surgery, clinical research, leadership and professionalism studies.

Haritha Veeramachaneni, M.D.  
Haritha Veeramachaneni, M.D.
hbodduluri@surgery.usc.edu
Hometown: NYC and Durham, NC
Grad School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Indian classical dance, SCUBA diving, animals/wildlife, spending time with my family, friends, and amazing husband. I would like a plastic surgery career incorporating yearly international service.

4th Year
Daniel Matthew Barrett, MD, MHA, MS  
Daniel Matthew Barrett, MD, MHA, MS
daniel.barrett@surgery.usc.edu
Hometown: Warrenton, Virginia
Undergrad: James Madison University
Grad School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

I am interested in all aspects of plastic surgery, including limb, hand, and facial reconstruction. I also have an interest in clinical research. I enjoy climbing, traveling, surfing, beach volleyball, and anything else outdoors.

Wai-Yee Li, MD, PhD  
Wai-Yee Li, MD, PhD
waiyee.li@surgery.usc.edu
Hometown: London, England
Undergrad: Birmingham University School of Medicine
Grad School: Birmingham University School of Medicine

I am interested in facial development and ultimately plan to pursue a career in Pediatric Plastic Surgery. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, classical music, scuba diving and travelling.

Wai-Yee Li, MD, PhD  
Grace Lan-Fang Yu, MD
grace.yu@surgery.usc.edu
Hometown: Fresno, CA/Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Undergrad: Princeton University
Grad School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
3rd Year
Seth Ashley Eberlin, MD  
Seth Ashley Eberlin, MD
seth.eberlin@surgery.usc.edu
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Undergrad: Yale University
Grad School: Keck School of Medicine of USC

I'm interested in burn reconstruction. I enjoy any kind of outdoor activity or sport.

 

Ryan Matthew Spivak, MD, MS  
Ryan Matthew Spivak, MD, MS
ryan.spivak@surgery.usc.edu
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Undergrad: Pennsylvania State University, Georgetown University
Grad School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

As a first year resident, my clinical interests in plastic surgery are broad, with a focus on cleft palate surgery, and microsurgery for head and neck, breast, and skin cancer reconstruction. I hope to make significant contributions over my next six years in the USC Plastic Surgery Research Lab, coordinating projects involving stem cell and gene therapy for microsurgical free flaps and cleft palate, and bio-reactor aided perfusion systems for microsurgical free flap tissue engineering. I just moved to Los Angeles with my wife Danielle, who is an art curator, and we have been enjoying our time exploring all that Southern California has to offer.

Margaret Jane Starnes, MD  
Margaret Jane Starnes, MD
margaret.starnes@surgery.usc.edu
Hometown: Pasadena, CA
Undergrad: University of Notre Dame
Grad School: Keck School of Medicine of USC

I am a local girl who returned to Southern California after college for medical school, the great weather, and family. I enjoy hiking, running, reading, and Fighting Irish football. I haven't yet decided what area of Plastic Surgery to pursue, as they are all great!

2nd Year
Fan Liang, M.D.  
Fan Liang, M.D.
Undergrad: Princeton University
Grad School: Harvard Medical School

I am a second year resident at USC and new transplant to Southern California. My greatest challenges this past year include re-learning how to drive and deciding on where to eat, given the amazing variety and quality of LA restaurants! My focus in plastic surgery is still undecided, though I did spend time during medical school investigating composite tissue transplantation and xenotransplantation. As I settle into my intern year, I can say that I love working with my fellow residents and attendings, and am constantly inspired by their dedication and excellence towards patient care.

Erin Weber, M.D., Ph.D.  
Erin Weber, M.D., Ph.D.
Undergrad: Rice University
Grad School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Caroline Yao, M.D.  
Caroline Yao, M.D.
Undergrad: Princeton University
Grad School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

I would like a plastic surgery career that involves clinical research and international service, as I was inspired by a medical mission trek through the Himalayan Mountains during medical school. My interests are drawing/painting, playing squash, music (both classical and rock), and hiking/camping. In my spare time, I'm either travelling or working on my next big art project. I hope to use my past experiences in business/finance to make medicine run more effectively on a systems level, so that we may continue to improve the delivery and quality of surgical care.

 

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