Class of 2022
David Ryan Bakal, M.D.
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Why I chose Stanford PM&R: Awesome faculty/co-residents and great research opportunities
Undergrad Education: UC San Diego
Medical School: UCLA
Internship: Kaiser Oakland
Professional Interests: Sports medicine, pediatric rehabilitation
Research Interests: Sports concussions, CTE
Personal Interests: Soccer, basketball, bike riding
Fun Facts: I almost won a car on The Price is Right
John Thomas Chan, M.D.
Hometown: Fairfield, CA
Why I chose Stanford PM&R: Strong training in all fields of PM&R at a world-class research institution, with friendly and accomplished faculty and residents in the vibrant Bay Area.
Undergrad Education: UC Berkeley
Medical School: Penn State Hershey College of Medicine
Internship: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Professional Interests: MSK/Sports, Interventional Spine, EMG, Adaptive Sports
Research Interests: Regenerative medicine, Quality Improvement
Personal Interests: Travel, sports, backpacking, breakfast, board games, komorebi
Fun Facts: I summited Mt. Whitney in a day. I played judo in college.
Nolan Andrew Gall, M.D.
Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa
Why I chose Stanford PM&R: The program impressed me with the faculty’s investment in education and the supportive culture that assists and encourages residents to pursue their personal interests, all within a setting of a well-rounded rotation schedule. Ultimately I was confident Stanford would train and assist me in obtaining the career I aspire to have and that I would be happy during the process.
Undergrad Education: Iowa State University; BS Kinesiology and Health
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine (Washington, D.C.)
Internship: Internal Medicine-Preliminary MedStar Washington Hospital Center (Washington, D.C.)
Professional Interests: Non-operative MSK, Sports Medicine, Interventional Spine, Diagnostic/Interventional Ultrasound, TBI
Research Interests: Functional outcomes of non-operative management for musculoskeletal conditions, increasing patient physical activity levels, biologic therapies
Personal Interests: Outdoor physical activity, cooking, coffee, live music, college and professional sports
Fun Facts: I donated my hair to lock of love twice, cycled across Europe, played football in Yankee Stadium and genuinely enjoy dad jokes.
Hienn-Khanh Huynh, M.D.
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Why I chose Stanford PM&R: World class institution, amazing resources, breadth and depth of training, resident cohesiveness and collaborative culture, and opportunity to stay in the beautiful Bay Area
Undergrad Education: Stanford University
Medical School: UCSF
Internship: Kaiser San Francisco
Professional Interests: Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Integrative Medicine
Research Interests: TBD
Personal Interests: Hiking, being outdoors in general, musicals, improve, urban planning, mindfulness
Fun Facts: I once walked 70 miles of El Camino de Santiago in Spain, and hope to do the entire month long pilgrimage after I finish residency.
Michelle Lee, M.D.
Hometown: Hsinchu, Taiwan/ Newark, California
Why I chose Stanford PM&R: Well-rounded clinical training. Strong research community that offers opportunities to collaborate with top scientists and engineers. Supportive and enthusiastic faculty mentors. Collegial and friendly residents.
Undergrad Education: Cornell University, Biological Sciences
Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Internship: University of Virginia, General Surgery
Professional Interests: Inpatient neurorehabilitation, adaptive sports, ultrasound guided procedures, sports medicine
Research Interests: Rehabilitation technology, human-machine interaction
Personal Interests: Tennis, volleyball, badminton, hiking, cooking
Fun Facts: I took a gap year after graduating from high school in Taiwan. The original plan was to travel, work, and experience life in the States for a year. That one year has turned into many more years as I fell in love with the mountains and beaches in the States. I do miss my Taiwanese food though!
Nitin Prabhakar, M.D.
Hometown: Fremont, California
Why I chose Stanford PM&R: Outstanding faculty and staff, extremely happy residents, strong training opportunities and cutting-edge innovation. As a Bay area native, I am thrilled to train in and help serve my community.
Undergrad Education: University of California, San Diego
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine- Tucson
Internship: THMEP Transitional Year in Tucson, Arizona
Professional Interests: Neurorehabilitation, Spine, Medical Device Innovation
Research Interests: Brain Injury/Concussion, Improving Healthcare Systems, Information Technology
Personal Interests: Staying active, Mindfulness, Cheering on Bay Area sports
Fun Fact: I taught and practiced Tae Kwon Do for 10+ years
David Tomajan, M.D.
Hometown: Reedley, CA
Why I chose Stanford PM&R: When I rotated at Stanford as a medical student I felt a strong connection with the residents and faculty. I chose Stanford because it is a well-rounded program that will expose me to all aspects of the field of physiatry.
Undergrad Education: UCLA
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Internship: UCSF Fresno, Internal Medicine
Professional Interests: Neurorehab, pediatric rehab, cerebral palsy, and adaptive sports
Research Interests: Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and prosthetics
Personal Interests: Skiing, hiking, running, swimming, biking, and traveling
Fun Fact: I worked at the USDA conducting research on in vitro fertilization of grapes