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SOM and UCR Health New Hires and Promotions Announced

33 new hires and nine promotions among staff and faculty

The UCR School of Medicine has announced a variety of new hires and promotions at the Dean's Town Hall on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. A total of 13 academic and 20 staff hires were announced as well as seven academic promotions and two staff promotions.

New Academic Hires

Dr. Basima Abdul-Razak, Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatrics
Dr. Hind Al-Azawi, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences
Dr. Haresh Gandhi, Chief Resident, St. Bernadine
Dr. Andrew Hwang, Internal Medicine Hospitalist
Dr. Powen Hsueh, Pediatric Hospitalist
Dr. Michelle Korn, Pediatric Hospitalist
Dr. Scott Pegan, Professor, Biomedical Sciences
Dr. Komaldeep Singh, Chief Resident, RCH
Dr. Maycky Tang, Chief Resident, RCH
Dr. Daniel Teraguchi, Associate Dean, Student Affairs
Dr. John Vuong, Postdoctoral Scholar
Dr. Bailong Zhang, Pediatric Hospitalist
Dr. Natalie Zlebnik, Assistant Professor,  Biomedical Sciences

New Academic Promotions

Dr. Ann Cheney, Associate Professor
Dr. Sadikah Behbehani, Health Sciences Associate Professor
Dr. Darren Freeman, Health Sciences Associate Professor
Dr. Marcus Kaul, Professor
Dr. Mohammad Kharazmi, Health Sciences Associate Professor
Dr. Kimberly Lakes, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Dr. Andrew Subica, Associate Professor

New Staff Hires

Liz Alday, Registrar & Career Services Specialist
Arpy Barsemian, Administrative Fellow
Angelica Bazan, Sr. Financial & Administrative Analyst
Omar Castaneda, Scholarly Activity Coordinator
Amber Christiansen, Administrative Assistant, Pediatrics
Roberta Cole, Administrative Assistant, Neuroscience
Adriana Espinoza, Medical Assistant/Patient Coordinator, Women’s Health
Lawren Green, Medical Assistant/Patient Care Coordinator
Amy Gu, Sr. Financial & Administrative Analyst
Jovanna Hernandez, Administrative Assistant, Internal Medicine
Stephanie Horn, Clerkship Program Coordinator
Montrice James, Sr. Analyst, Sponsored Research & Programs
Soyeon Jin, Marketing Coordinator
Celine Patterson, Administrative Fellow
Dylan Smith, Controller 
Jakquelyn Sullivan, Executive Assistant to the Dean
Humberto Santiago, Event Planner Specialist
Monique Tessier, Executive Administrative Specialist
Cristina Urdiano, Medical Assistant/Patient Care Coordinator
Maribel Velarde, Executive Administrative Specialist

New Staff Promotions

Elizabeth Arce, Clerkship Program Coordinator
Nikita Wadhwa, Resource Financial Analyst