People

Program Leadership

Soma Wali, MD, FACP

Chair, Department of Medicine

Executive Vice-Chair, UCLA Affiliated Hospitals

Since joining the faculty at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in 1998, Dr. Wali has been passionate and devoted to the continual improvement and quality of medical education for medical students, residents, fellows and faculty.

Program Directors

Laxmi Suthar, MD

Program Director

Primary Care

Dr. Suthar brings a breadth of experience and a fresh vision as the new Program Director.
Michael Rotblatt, MD, FACP, PharmD

Associate Program Director

Vice-Chair, General Medicine Operations

Primary Care

A former resident and chief resident from the Program, Dr. Rotblatt brings his intimate knowledge and dedication to teaching to housestaff, medical students, and beyond.
Richard Tennant, MD, FACP

Associate Program Director

Chief, Division of Hospital Medicine

Dr. Tennant is the recipient of multiple teaching awards as a resident and attending, sharing his drive to learn in his everyday work.
Vinhfield Ta, MD

Associate Program Director

Hospital Medicine

The most recent chief resident to remain dedicated to Olive View, Dr. Ta was first drawn to the Program by its excitement for clinical education and service to an indigent population.

Core Clinical Faculty

Siamak Basiratmand, MD

Director of Continuity of Care

Mid-Valley Comprehensive Health Center

A friendly, welcome presence whether at Olive View or Mid-Valley, Dr. Basiratmand has been consistently devoted to the County population.
Katherine Yu, MD, FACP

Director of Palliative Care

Primary Care

Since joining the faculty in 1991, Dr. Yu has been a model of compassionate care, most recently bringing Palliative Care to those most in need at Olive View.
Carlin Rooke, MD

Director of Anticoagulation Clinic

Urgent Care

A graduate of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Rooke works to improve resident education and patient safety.
Arash Nafisi, MD

Primary Care

Dr. Nafisi has been an instrumental leader in the primary care curriculum and integration of the patient-centered medical home with residency training.
Sherwin Hsu, MD

MS3 Inpatient Medicine Clerkship Site Director

Hospital Medicine

Hailing from Texas, Dr. Hsu takes a lead in medical education from medical students to residents on inpatient medicine.