Current Fellows

Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellows

Class of 2018-2021

Antonette (Shade) Ajayi, Kaiser, Santa Clara

Medical School: David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
Residency: Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara
Bio: Dr. Ajayi was born in Fresno, CA but spent majority of her childhood in Lagos, Nigeria. She moved back to the United States in middle school and later attended the University of California, Santa Cruz where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology and a minor in Education. Driven by a passion to serve those who lacked adequate access to medical resources, she matriculated into and graduated from the PRIME program at the University of California Los Angeles, a five-year dual degree program dedicated to developing physician leaders who are committed to serving disadvantaged populations. During this time, she also earned a Master of Public Health degree with a focus in health policy and management. She then completed internal medicine residency training at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara where she also served as one of the selected Chief Residents. Dr. Ajayi intends to pursue a clinical career both in pulmonary and critical care medicine.

Jiwoon (Joon) Chang, NYU

Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles
Residency: New York University Internal Medicine
Bio: Dr. Chang was born in Seoul, South Korea, but grew up in Thousand Oaks, California. He attended college at Johns Hopkins University, studying biology and music. He completed his MD at David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles. He then trained in internal medicine at New York University Langone. He plans to pursue a career as an interventional pulmonologist.
Why Stanford? "All faculty members and fellows are nice and approachable. There is a good balance in training between pulmonary subspecialties and critical care medicine in various hospital settings."

Vladimir (Vlad) Glinskii, Yale

Medical School: Yale University School of Medicine
Residency: Yale New Haven Hospital
Bio: Dr. Glinskii was born in Ukraine, but moved to the United States when he was in second grade, and grew up in a small university town in Missouri. He traveled out to the East Coast for his education, and finally made the move to the West Coast for fellowship. He has had an interest in Pulmonary and Critical Care since his intern year, which was fueled by getting the chance to work with many talented and inspirational attendings throughout residency. Prior to starting fellowship, he worked as a nocturnist, splitting his time between the Yale New Haven Hospital step-down unit and ICU. On the academic front, he has had a long standing interest in computers and technology, and is passionate about  the potential of bringing cutting edge technologies that we see in other industries, into medicine. 
Why Stanford? "Stanford is one of the few remaining places that is both a research powerhouse and provides its trainees the opportunity to pursue a more clinical path. The flexibility and support from the leadership to build your career into what you want it to be is something that I very much appreciate, and something that I think is far less common in today's medical landscape. "

Jennifer Im, Ichan SoM/Mt. Sinai

Medical School: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Residency: Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai
Bio: Dr. Im grew up in Los Angeles and attended college at Yale University where she studied Art History. She then obtained her MD from Johns Hopkins and went to Mt Sinai in NYC for internal medicine residency. At Stanford she plans on pursuing a subspecialty clinical track in Interstitial Lung Disease. During her free time, she enjoys playing with her baby girl and her two dogs, Lily and Oscar. 

Raquel Lyn, UT Dell

Medical School: Ross University
Residency: University of Texas Austin, Dell Medical School
Bio: Dr. Lyn is originally from Florida and attended college at the University of Central Florida, where she studied microbiology and molecular biology and worked as lead medical technologist in a local immunology lab prior to attending medical school. She went on to complete an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School where she served as chief resident before joining Stanford as a pulmonary and critical care fellow. She plans to pursue a career in Pulmonary Hypertension as a clinical educator and is interested in quality improvement and health services research that ensures access to high quality care is available to all.

Christopher Thomas, Brown

Medical School: Georgetown
Residency: Brown
Bio: Dr. Thomas grew up and did most of his training on the East Coast, and is very much enjoying his West Coast adventure at Stanford! He was a psychology major at Villanova and worked briefly in the music industry, and then completed a post-bacc program and worked in addiction research at the University of Pennsylvania. He attended Georgetown for medical school where he helped to start a large student run HIV testing program. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Brown, where he developed a clinical interest in pulmonary hypertension. At Stanford, he is planning to pursue clinical training in pulmonary hypertension. After graduation, he hopes to start an academic medicine career combining his interests in ICU medicine, pulmonary hypertension, and teaching. 
Why Stanford? "There are so many different opportunities at Stanford, from bench research to clinical subspecialties, and the program directors are very supportive of fellows choosing their own adventure to further their career goals."

Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellows

Class of 2019-2022

Andrew Dunatchik, Vanderbilt

Medical School: Oregon Health & Sciences University
Residency: Vanderbilt Medical Center
Bio: Dr. Dunatchik was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Prior to medical school he attended Oregon State University where he earned his Pharm.D. He attended medical school at Oregon Health and Science University and completed his residency at Vanderbilt Medical Center. His academic and research interests are in interstitial lung disease, critical care, clinical reasoning, and medical education. Like many Pacific Northwest natives his time outside the hospital is spent outdoors, rock climbing, backpacking, running, and biking.

Darius Filsuf, Stanford

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Residency: Stanford University
Bio: Dr. Filsuf was born at Stanford Hospital (300P) and grew up in nearby Los Altos, California. He attended UCLA for his undergraduate studies before moving to Washington, D.C. where he worked as a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the National Cancer Institute studying DNA repair mechanisms. He subsequently completed medical school at Georgetown University, before returning to Stanford to complete Internal Medicine residency training. He is ecstatic to be completing PCCM fellowship training at Stanford and is interested in drug-induced lung disease. He enjoys cooking, biking, and exploring the Bay Area with his wife and dog.

Jorge Munoz Pineda, Weill Cornell

Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Residency: Weill Cornell
Bio: Dr. Pineda was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He immigrated to the Twin Cities, MN and pursued a B.A. in Psychology at Gustavus Adolphus College. He went to New York to study medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed Internal Medicine residency at New York Presbyterian- Weill Cornell. He has interests in health care equity and recruitment of under-represented minorities. Research interests include biodesign and med-tech. 

Ana Pacheco-Navarro, Mass General

Medical School: Weill Cornell Medical College
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital
Bio: Dr. Pacheco-Navarro originally hails from Santa Cruz, California, but spent the majority of her life moving progressively further East: first to the border town of El Paso, Texas, where she spent most of her childhood, then to Massachusetts, where she studied biology and English at Williams College.  Following graduation, she spent three years teaching high school biology and physics as a Teach for America Corps member in New York City, and carried her love of education with her to medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she served as her class’s education representative and was involved in designing the medical school’s new curriculum.  She attended residency at MGH, where she continued to be involved in medical education, and where she first fell in love with pulmonary and critical care medicine.  She is delighted to return home to the Bay Area for fellowship at Stanford, where her interests include translational research in acute lung injury and increasing diversity and inclusivity in medicine.  When not in the hospital, she can be found outside on the trail, enjoying a hike or a run with her dog, Summer, and her partner, Pet.
Why Stanford? "Stanford is the ultimate choose-your-own adventure fellowship: if you have an interest (either clinical or research-based), the PCCM leadership will work with you to design the second and third year to meet your needs.   Faculty are clinically excellent, incredibly friendly, and very available to meet with fellows to discuss research and career planning, and most importantly, the Stanford fellows are a wonderful group of people to both work and hang out with, in or out of the hospital. "

Kai Swenson, Stanford

Medical School: Yale School of Medicine
Residency: Stanford Chief Resident, Stanford Internal Medicine, 2018-2019
Bio: Dr. Swenson grew up in Seattle, WA and has lived in the Bay Area throughout residency and fellowship. My academic interests include medical education on cardiovascular and respiratory physiology and research in sepsis and acute lung injury.
Why Stanford? "As I witnessed firsthand during my residency training, the PACCM division at Stanford is an incredibly close and supportive group of phenomenal clinicians, educators and researchers who are devoted to developing your clinical skills while providing opportunities for furthering your academic and research goals. Whatever your clinical and academic interests, you will find strong support and fertile ground at Stanford to flourish."

Lily Zeng, Vanderbilt

Medical School: University of California, San Francisco
Residency: Vanderbilt University
Bio: Dr. Zeng grew up in Fremont and traveled a bit north to Berkley for college. During her two gap years between college and medical school at UCSF, she worked as a research technician studying the role of Protein Kinase C in drug addition. It is also during these years that she met her husband. She loved her three years in Nashville, but had to leave almost immediately after residency to join her husband in Indianapolis where he still works as an Associate Professor.  Before pursuing fellowship at Stanford, She worked two years as a hospitalist  at a community hospital. It is also during these years that She had her beautiful daughter who is now almost two years old. 

Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellows

Class of 2020-2023

Layla Barkal, Stanford

Medical School: University of Wisconsin
Residency: Stanford
Bio: Dr. Barkal was born and raised in Iowa before heading east to study biological engineering at MIT. After graduation, she moved back to the Midwest and earned her MD and PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed residency at Stanford as part of the Translational Investigator Program. Her academic and research interests center around host-pathogen interactions in the lungs. Outside the hospital, she enjoys hiking and exploring local farms and farmers markets.

William Bassett, Vanderbilt

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania
Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Bio: Dr. Bassett grew up in Stanford's shadow, but his path to Stanford PCCM was anything but direct. As an undergraduate at Stanford he studied biology and ethics, then pulled up his roots and moved to Philadelphia for medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He went on to complete his internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  During his free time, he enjoys playing pick-up basketball and perfecting the chocolate truffle. 

Matthew Lyons, Ohio State Univ.

Medical School: Texas Tech University
Residency: Ohio State University
Bio: Dr. Lyons' hometown is Houston and he was a lifelong Texan prior to moving to Ohio for residency in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at THE Ohio State University and Nationwide Children's Hospital. During residency he continued to fall in love with Pulmonary and Critical care for the moment-to-moment bedside teaching, complex pathophysiology, procedures, and dare he says, the adrenaline rush! As of this moment he is interested in point-of-care ultrasound, Critical Care, ILD, and PH. He is an enthusiastic runner and an amateur quarantine yoga enthusiast.

Reika Miyokawa, UC Davis

Medical School: University of Hawaii
Residency: University of California, Davis



Ramon Ramirez, Stanford

Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern
Residency: Stanford
Bio: Dr. Ramirez grew up in a military family and therefore moved frequently as a child. He was born in Panama City, Panama, lived in Puerto Rico, went to high school in Germany, and then moved to Texas for undergrad at the University of Texas at San Antonio, majoring in public health and minoring in biology. He completed medical school at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He then moved to California to complete internal medicine residency training at Stanford. He enjoyed his time at Stanford and the Bay Area so much that he decided to stay for pulmonary and critical care fellowship. Given the proximity to the Bay Area’s beautiful oceans and the Pacific coast, he has become an avid surfer and enjoys spending his free time on the beach. Dr. Ramirez’s research interests include pulmonary vascular disease and critical care.



Jonathan Yang, Beth Israel

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University
Residency: Beth Israel
Bio: Dr. Yang was raised in Fullerton, California and attended UCLA for his undergraduate degree in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics. He made the trek east to Cleveland for medical school (a truly under-rated city) followed by a three year pilgrimage to Boston for residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as a part of the Global Health Track. He is thrilled to be back in California despite actually loving winters and the snow back east and looks forward to building a career at the intersection of critical care and global health.



Advanced Training: Pulmonary Hypertension and Lung Transplant

Class of 2020-2021

Erica Altschul (PH), Lenox Hill Hospital

Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Northwell Health Lenox Hill Hospital
PCCM Fellowship: Northwell Health Lenox Hill Hospital
Bio: Dr. Altschul never thought she would leave the east coast. After growing up on Long Island, New York she attended Boston University studying exercise science with a dance minor. She then pursued a career in dance in New York City before attending New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her permanence in New York City felt solidified when she spent the next seven years at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan for internal medicine residency, chief residency, and pulmonary and critical care fellowship. Prior to graduating residency, she felt torn between her love of cardiology and pulmonary medicine. Ultimately the lungs won out, but during her fellowship she discovered how pulmonary hypertension was a real bridge between cardiology and pulmonary medicine. This new love interest completed the unthinkable and brought her to the west coast for pulmonary hypertension fellowship at Stanford. 

Monika Kakol (TX), Univ. of New Mexico

Medical School: Medical University of Gdansk
Residency: Cook Country Hospital
PCCM Fellowship: University of New Mexico
Bio: Dr. Kakol born in northern Poland, moved to United States as a child, returned to Poland to complete her medical degree at the Medical University of Gdansk. Returned yet again to the United States to obtain training in Internal Medicine and subspeciality in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. A deep desire for knowledge and admiration for medicines advancments permitting patients with terminal lung disease a "second chance" at life is motivation for her current status. Her current academic interests involve post lung transplant complications, including air way complications. On her down time enjoys local and distant travel, outdoor activities, reading. All these activies are much more appreciated in the atmosphere of her beloved friends and family.