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