Faculty and Instructors

Emergency Medicine

Stephen Hayden, MD, FAAEM

Program Director

Responsibilities:
Oversees Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Emergency Medicine since 2006, Editor of the 5-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult now in its 6th edition, Technical Editor for American Board of Emergency Medicine MyEMCert Examination, Master Faculty Mentor Facilitator, Delegation Chair for District 1 to the California Medical Association

Medical School:
Albany Medical College of Union University, Albany, N.Y.

Emergency Medicine Residency Training:
University Medical Center, Stony Brook, N.Y.

Professional Interests:
Evidence-based emergency medicine, medical writing, diving and hyperbaric medicine, and effective teaching techniques

Personal Interests:
Tae Kwon Do, playing the piano, riding motorcycles, walking his golden retrievers with his wife Marina, swimming, and wine tasting just about anywhere in California and abroad

Robert Steele, MD, FACEP

Associate Program Director

Medical School:
Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.

Emergency Medicine Residency Training:
St. John’s Hospital

Professional Interests:
Bringing academics to Temecula Valley Hospital

Personal Interests:
Instrument flight rules (IFR) rated pilot who enters his “Zen” surfing the Southern California waves

Brenna Derksen, MD

Core Faculty

Medical School:
University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, Ariz.

Emergency Medicine Residency Training and Fellowship:
UC San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, Calif.

Professional Interests:
Diving emergencies and hyperbaric medicine

Research Interests:
Breath hold diving and arterial gas embolism

Personal Interests:
My dog, the beach, skiing

Lauren Donnelly, DO

Core Faculty

Medical School:
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.

Emergency Medicine Residency Training:
Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Professional Interests:
Medical student and resident education, morbidity and mortality review, ultrasound guided peripheral access, pediatric emergencies

Personal Interests:
Family time, fitness (former Division I lacrosse player, now just chasing toddlers), home renovations, traveling

Brent Jacobsen, DO

Core Faculty

Medical School:
Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, Calif.

Emergency Medicine Residency Training:
St. Vincent Medical Center

Professional Interests:
EMS, aeromedical EMS

Pranav Kachhi, MD

Core Faculty

Medical School:
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Emergency Medicine Residency Training:
LAC/USC Medical Center

Professional Interests:
Hospital operations, peer review, ED throughput, wellbeing, education

Research Interests:
Stroke management

Personal Interests:
Traveling, eating, biking

Michael Macias, MD

Core Faculty

Medical School:
Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill.

Emergency Medicine Residency Training:
Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill.

Fellowship:
UC San Diego, San Diego, Calif. (ultrasound)

Professional Interests:
Ultrasound, emergency cardiology, regional anesthesia, electrocardiography, digital education

Research Interests:
Ultrasound

Personal Interests:
Rock climbing, photography

Gabriella Minera, DO

Core Faculty

Medical School:
Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, Calif.

Emergency Medicine Residency Training:
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, Calif.

Professional Interests:
Resident education and quality control

Personal Interests:
Spending time at the beach with her three kids and husband, who is also a practicing emergency physician in the San Diego area

Reza Vaezazizi, MD

Core Faculty

Medical School:
Rosalind Franklin University, North Chicago, Ill.

Emergency Medicine Residency Training:
Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, Calif.

Professional Interests:
EMS

Personal Interests:
Private pilot

Nicholas Ward, MD

Core Faculty

Medical School:
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, La Jolla, Calif.

Emergency Medicine Residency Training:
UC San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, Calif.

Professional Interests:
Marine toxicology, resident education and wellness, FOAMed

Research Interests:
Marine envenomations (Jellyfish, Physalis, Stingray, and others)

Personal Interests:
Surfing, swimming, spearfishing, cooking, mountain biking, travel

Ryan Windemuth, MD

Core Faculty

Medical School:
Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, Calif.

Emergency Medicine Residency Training:
Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, Calif.

Professional Interests:
Hospital operations, ED flow, technology integration in healthcare

Research Interests:
ED flow, medical technology

Personal Interests:
Technology, business, stock market, travel

Wesley Yeackle, MD

Core Faculty

Medical School:
University of Texas Medical School, Houston, Texas

Emergency Medicine Residency Training:
University of Texas Health Science Center

Professional Interests:
Military and deployment medicine