Leadership

Board of Directors 2016-17

President

Paul A. Kedeshian, M.D.

Specialty: Otolaryngology, Surgery
Practice Location: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital
Education: New York University School of Medicine, M.D. (1992), David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLAOtolaryngology Internship and Residency (1998), Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Head and Neck Oncology Fellowship (2000)
Years on the Board: 7

"Serving on the board of the Medical Alumni Association is a reminder of how UCLA continues to attract the best and the brightest."


Executive Vice President

George M. Rajacich ’75, M.D. ’79

Specialty: General Ophthalmology
Practice Location: Valley Eye Center, Van Nuys and Darin Eye Center, Westlake Village
Education: UCLA College of Letters and Sciences, B.S. in Biochemistry (1975), David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, M.D. (1979), UCLA Ophthalmology Residency, UCLA Corneal Fellowship
Years on the Board: 32
Past Positions: President (1989–1991), Chair of the Nominations and Steering Committee


Vice President

Arash J. Gabayan ’97, M.D. ’01

Specialty: Radiation Oncology
Practice Location: Beverly Hills Cancer Center
Education: UCLA College of Letters and Sciences, B.S. in Neuroscience (1997), David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, M.D. (2001), UCSF-Fresno, Internal Medicine Internship (2002), University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Department of Radiation Oncology Fellowship (2006)
Years on the Board: 9
Past Positions: Secretary Treasurer (2010-2012); Programs Committee Co-Chair (2008-2012)


Secretary/Treasurer

Vena Ricketts, M.D. ’76

Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Practice Location: UCLA-Olive View Medical Center
Education: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, M.D. (1976), Rotating with emphasis on Medicine Internship, Harbor General Hospital (1977), Internal Medicine Internship, Sepulveda Veterans Administration Hospital (1979), Toxicology Preceptorship Fellowship (1991) Years on the Board: 16
Past Positions: Secretary/Treasurer (2009-2010)

"The MAA is the perfect venue for me to give back to the Medical school and to make a difference in the lives of the students who will be our future leaders and scientists."


Wade M. Aubry, M.D. ’77

Specialty: Internal Medicine
Practice Location: UCSF School of Medicine
Education: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, M.D. (1977), Internal Medicine and Endocrinology post-graduate training, Cedar-Sinai Medical Center
Years on the Board: 14
Past Positions: President (2010-2012)

"The School of Medicine is embarking on an exciting new era with a distinguished new Dean, a wonderful new medical center second to none, an amazing group of medical students, and an energized MAA Board interested in connecting Alumni with all that is happening at UCLA. We would love to have you reconnect with your School."


Benjamin F. Cowan, ’67, M.D. ’75

Specialty: Diagnostic Radiology
Practice Location: Los Alamitos Medical Center
Education: UCLA School of Engineering, B.S. (1967), David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, M.D. (1975)
Years on the Board: 24
Past Positions: Vice President (2015-2016); President (2002-2005), Vice-President (1999-2002), Secretary/Treasurer (1997-1999)


Raphael Darvish, M.D. ’04, M.B.A. ’04

Specialty: Internal Medicine/Dermatology
Practice Location: Private Practice, Los Angeles, CA
Education: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, M.D. (2004), UCLA Anderson School of Management, M.B.A. (2004), Harbor/UCLA Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency (2005)
Years on the Board: 8

"With all the wonderful new things going on at UCLA, now is a very exciting time to be involved with the Medical Alumni Association."


Gelareh Z. Gabayan ’99, M.D. ’03, M.S.H.S. ’09

Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Practice Location: GLA Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and Olive View-UCLA
Education: UCLA College of Letters and Science, B.S. in Biochemistry (1999); David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, M.D. (2003); UCLA Emergency Medicine Residency (2003-2007); UCLA School of Public Health, MS in Health Services (2009); Veterans Affairs Health Services Research Fellowship (2007-2010)
Years on the Board: 10
Past Positions: 60th Anniversary Chair (2011-2012); Vice President (2010-2012); Programs Committee Co-Chair (2007-2012)

"What an honor and privilege to be able to serve colleagues, medicine, and UCLA. I love being on the MAA Board!"


Kathryn M. Gardner, M.A. ’72, M.D. ’79

Specialty: Ophthalmology
Practice Location: Private Practice, Santa Monica, CA
Education: UCLA College of Letters and Sciences, M.A. in English (1972), David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, M.D. (1979), Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency (1980), Ophthalmology Residency, UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute (1983), Fellowship in Corneal/External Disease and Transplantation, UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute (1984)
Years on the Board: 7

"The Medical Alumni Association is a powerful voice in support of our alumni, our students, and the precious UCLA legacy that we share!"


Theodore Hall, M.D.

Specialty: Diagnostic Radiology
Practice Location: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital
Education: SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomed Sciences, M.D. (1979), Overlook Hospital Rotating Internship (1980), Nuclear Medicine Radiology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1982), Diagnostic Radiology Residency at Montefiore Medical Center Moses Division Hospital (1985), Pediatric Radiology Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (1986)
Years on the Board: 8


William Hastrup, Jr., M.D. ’77

Specialty: Diagnostic Radiology/Pediatric Radiology
Practice Location: Children’s Hospital Central California and Wishon Radiology Medical Group, Inc.
Education: University of California Santa Barbara, B.A. in Cellular and Organismal Biology (1973); David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, M.D. (1977); University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, Portland, OR, Internship (1978); U.S. Navy Post-Intern, Pensacola, FL (1979); Stationed in Japan and San Diego (1979-1982); Residency, University of Washington, Diagnostic Radiology (1985)
Years on the Board: 6
Past Positions: Vice President (2015-2016)

"UCLA gave me my basic medical knowledge and medical values for which I am most grateful. I hope to give back with the perspective of a central valley physician and parent of a current UCLA medical student."


Patrice M. Healey, M.D. ’84

Specialty: Dermatology
Practice Location: Beverly Hills, CA
Education: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, M.D. (1984), UCLA Medicine Internal Medicine Internship, UCLA Medicine Dermatology Residency, Chief Resident of Dermatology (1988)
Years on the Board: 21
Past Positions: Secretary/Treasurer (2007-2009)


Mark V. Morocco, M.D.

Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Practice Location: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Education: USC School of Medicine, M.D. (1997), Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine Internship, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA(1998), Emergency Medicine Residency, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA(2002)
Years on the Board: 9

"UCLA’s ‘secret sauce’? Our amazing people — from graduates through current residents to the incoming students, the MAA is a ‘hub’ between UCLA Medicine’s past and future. Working with the MAA lets me be a part of where we’ve been and where we are going. Plus it’s fun."

Dr. Morocco is a champion for the UCLA People Animal Connection. Watch a video on the program here.


Norman Namerow ’54, M.D. ’58

Specialty: Neurology
Practice Location: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA
Education: UCLA College, M.S. in Applied Physics (1954), David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, M.D. (1958), Surgery Internship, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, (1959), Surgery Residency, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA(1961), Neurology Residency, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, (1963), Neurology Residency, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, (1965)
Years on the Board: 29
Past Positions: President (1999-2002), Vice-President (1994-1997)

"Being a member of the MAA board has been the most satisfying activity of my post graduate career. I urge all alumni to join the MAA and support our goal to give back to the medical school, assist medical students and keep our graduates connected to this outstanding institution."


Neil H. Parker, M.D.

Specialty: Internal Medicine with Specialization in Oncology and Immunology
Practice Location: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Education: SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, M.D. (1972), Internal Medicine Internship, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA(1973), Internal Medicine Residency, Chief Resident, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA(1978), Medical Oncology and Immunology Fellowship, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA(1977)
Years on the Board: 21


Jeannine Rahimian ’95, M.D. ’00, M.B.A. ’00

Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Practice Location: UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center
Education: UCLA College of Letters and Sciences, B.S. in Biology (1995), David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, M.D. (2000), UCLA Anderson School of Management, M.B.A. (2000), Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency, UCLA Medical Center (2004)
Years on the Board: 16
Past Positions: President (2015-2016); Secretary/Treasurer (2011-2012); Programs Committee Co-Chair (2007-2011)

"I find it so rewarding to serve on the MAA! There are so many exciting ways to support our medical students and keep our alumni connected to UCLA and one another!"


Rosalind C. Warner, M.D. ’81

Specialty: Gynecology
Practice Location: Private Practice, Ventura, CA
Education: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, M.D. (1981)
Years on the Board: 16
Past Positions: Vice President (2011-2012 and 2008-2010)

"I was pleased to play an integral part in the significant changes we have made in our organization. Our exciting future plans include an increased focus on strengthening alumni connections and implementing new development trends."


Edward J. Zaragoza

Specialty: Diagnostic Radiology
Practice Location: Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital
Education: UCLA College of Letters and Sciences, B.S. in Biochemistry (1982), David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, M.D. (1987), Pediatrics Internship, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles(1988), Radiological Sciences Residency, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA(1992), Radiology Fellowship, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA(2001)
Years on the Board: 27
Past Positions: President (2008-2010), Vice-President (2005-2008), Secretary/Treasurer (2002-2005)