Chief Residents


allen chao, MD

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Future Plans: Nephrology
Hobbies: Traveling, Exploring Los Angeles, Badminton

Bio: I was born in New Jersey and spent the first five years of my life in Chicago, then moved back to Taipei and did not return to the United States until I started college. I studied Biological Sciences in college then spent time doing research and completed a Special Masters in Physiology and Biophysics followed by medical school at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. I've loved my time working and learning at LAC+USC these past three years and couldn't have asked for a better experience for residency. If you had only 36 hours to spend in LA, I recommend exploring the Huntington in Pasadena, having a bowel of ramen at Rakkan in Little Tokyo, and listening to live music at the Varnish in DTLA!


jenica thangathurai, MD

Hometown: Martinez, CA
Undergraduate: University of California, Davis
Medical School: USC Keck School of Medicine
Future Plans: Cardiology
Hobbies: Yoga, Cooking, Strength-training, Sampling Sushi Spots in Los Angeles

Bio: I grew up in the Bay Area then went to UC Davis for college, where I studied Neurobiology and Spanish. I plan on pursuing a career in cardiology with an emphasis on medical education. Outside the hospital, I love listening to history podcasts and 90s R&B. On a given day, you can find me running outdoors, hiking or soaking up the Southern California sun. If you had only 36 hours to spend in LA, I recommend shopping at the Americana in Glendale then grabbing dinner at Sugar Fish in DTLA! During the upcoming year, I look forward to working with residents and planning my wedding.

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helen yang, MD

Hometown: San Jose, CA
Undergraduate: Harvard University
Medical School: USC Keck School of Medicine
Future Plans: Hospitalist, Public Health
Hobbies: Running, Yoga, Traveling, 19th century Literature, Music

Bio: For the past 7 years, I have thoroughly enjoyed training at LAC+USC Medical Center. Working alongside our house staff to care for LA’s most vulnerable and underserved populations has challenged me to grow in all aspects of life and I am grateful for having the opportunity to practice medicine in such a vibrant and dynamic city. As a Bay Area native and current Angeleno, I continue to be amazed by the diversity of our city, reflected in its people, culture, and food. If you had only 36 hours to spend in LA, I recommend picking up a matcha latte at Maru, going for a hike at Griffith Park, then grabbing brunch at Pine & Crane, and finally, ending the day with an outdoor movie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery or a Dudamel concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall!