UCLA Preventive Medicine Faculty & Fellows

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Peter Capone-Newton, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Program Director

Dr. Peter Capone-Newton is a Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and is based full-time at the Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Medical Center. He received his medical degree and public health degree from Tufts University School of Medicine joint degree MD/MPH program. He completed his preliminary year medicine internship at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, a Los Angeles County Department of Health Services hospital, and his Preventive Medicine residency at the California Department of Public Health, stationed locally at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Following his residency, he completed a health services research fellowship at UCLA within the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine/Health Services Research and concurrently, a PhD in Urban Planning from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Department of Urban Planning. He joined the VA in 2013 and works within the homeless Veteran program, provides tobacco cessation clinical services, and contributes to several other quality improvement, administrative and educational activities within the VA health system.

Alice Kuo, M.D., Ph.D., M.Ed.
FACULTY

Dr. Alice Kuo is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and of Health Services in the UCLA School of Public Health. Her research interests are mainly in early childhood, and she has published in the areas of developmental screening and services, early literacy practices, cognitive and language development in young minority children, hearing screening in early childhood, services for children with autism, and mental health services for children.























Hieu Hoang, D.O., M.P.H.
Assistant Program DIrector

Dr. Hieu Hoang is a Board Certified Preventive Medicine physician at the West Los Angeles VA campus. He earned his Osteopathic Medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences and MPH from The University of Washington. Dr. Hoang completed his Preventive Medicine/Public Health residency at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, WA. He takes pride in serving our Homeless Veterans as their primary care physician working alongside other health professionals to provide housing, mental health, and other reintegration services. In his spare time, Dr. Hoang volunteers with a non-profit organization to provide free medical and dental care to the poor and underprivileged in Vietnam.














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Candace Gragnani, M.D.
Resident Physician, PGY2

Originally from the farmlands of Central California, I completed my medical school training at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, and my pediatrics residency training at UCLA. As a pediatrician, I have seen firsthand the shortcomings and limitations of only approaching healthcare one patient, one diagnosis at a time. Coming from a medically underserved hometown to the enormously diverse urban centers in which I have trained, I have come to appreciate how deeply our cultural and familial lives dictate our health. Particular interests include creating and utilizing community-partnered programs and school-based interventions to make health care and prevention more accessible for patients and their families.























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Kim Hargis, M.D.
Resident Physician, PGY2

After graduating from medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago, I continued training to complete a general surgery residency, followed by a hand and microvasuclar surgery fellowship at the Buncke Clinic in San Francisco. As a general surgeon, I am frequently caring for patients with multiple chronic conditions, and often at the later stages of disease. It is from these frequent interactions that I have developed a growing interest in population health and prevention. Areas of particular interest include chronic disease prevention, health disparities, and integrative approaches to health and wellness.






























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Michael Jan, M.D.
Resident Physician, PGY2

An East-Coaster, born and raised, I spent my childhood in suburban Philadelphia before moving to New York City for university. I studied English Literature, Biochemistry, and Mathematics at Columbia University before returning to Philadelphia to complete MD/PhD and Internal Medicine training programs at Temple University. A passion for travel has led me to clinical research opportunities in Sweden, Argentina, Thailand, and Australia. My experience of healthcare systems near and far has shown me the tremendous role of social factors and built environment in shaping our health. California was one of the first states to implement “Health in All Policies” to address healthcare across all public sectors. In my endeavor to work toward improving the social determinants of health that shape chronic diseases, I decided to Go West! I cannot wait to explore the Other Coast and join the community at UCLA that has so generously welcomed me!














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Sara Whitacre Johnson, M.D.
Resident Physician, PGY2

I grew up in Los Angeles County with fresh fruits and vegetables readily available in my backyard thanks to my gardening father. This sparked my interest in nutrition, food policy, and a dietary approach to chronic disease prevention. I attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara and then took a year off, got married to my husband Bret, and worked for a vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley. While attending the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California I was drawn to emergency medicine as a practical and hands-on way to help people. I completed an emergency medicine residency at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. Working at one of the largest public hospitals in the state, I experienced many of the public health issues facing Angelinos and became interested in population health. My love of practicality and medical technology led me to an ultrasound fellowship at the University of Utah. Embracing my passion for travel and the outdoors, I have most recently been working in New Zealand experiencing a different approach to healthcare. I am excited to be starting at UCLA Preventive Medicine, and advocating for the health and wellness of my community.

Priyanka Fernandes, M.D.
Resident Physician, PGY3

I completed my medical school training in India at Mahatma Gandhi Mission’s Medical College, Navi Mumbai and then pursued further training in the US. I completed Pediatrics residency training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Pediatrics Infectious Diseases fellowship training at Boston Children’s Hospital. Coming from a resource-limited to a resource-rich setting, I’ve always been interested in optimizing resource utilization within the healthcare setting to improve care quality while reducing patient harm. Particular interests include prevention and treatment of infectious diseases (special interest in Tuberculosis) and antimicrobial stewardship.

















Kay Hooshmand, M.D.
Resident Physician, PGY3

Growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania I was surrounded by fresh air, organic food and plenty of land to run around on. This experience formed the foundation of my upbringing and after moving to California a lifestyle I've always enjoyed and tried to return to. Healthcare has always been a source of enjoyment for me, both feeling healthy and sharing that with others. Professionally being a physician is an opportunity for me to share everything I've learned with others in regards to how to life a life fullest and to their highest potential. Preventative medicine is a field that combines problem solving for large populations with healthcare and has the potential to create improvements in the lives of others. Prior to the residency program I've worked in Hollywood in marketing, at the Venice Family Clinic working with a homeless population, in New York City as a family medicine resident and most recently I've completed the University of Arizona's Integrative Medicine Fellowship where we learned about nutrition, environmental health, supplements and mind-body approaches to health. Now as a resident at UCLA I'm able to study, learn, grow and initiate more positive change into the health of others.

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