Meet the Residents: Class of 2023

Class of 2023


Jessica Filon, MD

The University of Arizona, College of Medicine - Tucson

Languages spoken: English, Intermediate Spanish

Why did you choose South Campus FM residency? I chose this residency program because of its robust full-spectrum training, rural and global health experiences, and commitment to underserved and marginalized populations. The residents and faculty sealed the deal for me - everyone here is so genuine and supportive of one another. After my sub-internship at South Campus, I couldn’t picture myself anywhere else!

What do you love most about Tucson? The rich cultural diversity and sense of community here truly make this city special. Tucson also has endless opportunities for adventuring outdoors and unbeatable winters. And, being the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy, it’s the perfect place to indulge my inner foodie!

Tell us about your family (including pets!) My husband and I welcomed our daughter, Ana Sofia, to our family during medical school. We also have a sweet pup named Luna. The two of them are full of energy and make us laugh everyday!

Tell us some fun facts about you!
1: I am the first physician in my family.
2: I love baking and trying new recipes. Definitely a Great British Bake Off wannabe!
3: I have a goal to run a marathon in all 50 states


Sabra Luke, MD

Ross University School of Medicine

Languages spoken: English, french creole

Why did you choose South Campus FM residency? This program seemed like the perfect fit for me from the moment I visited the program's website. During my interview, I noticed that the residents and faculty were truly a family and I wanted to be a part of that. I wanted a program that would be flexible enough to support my career goals whilst promoting my academic success and resident wellness. This program was able to combine my passion for women's health, global health and rural/community medicine into an opportunity that I will forever be grateful for.  

What do you love most about Tucson? Everything outdoors! Tucson had many hiking trails and the views from the mountains are amazing. I also like that it has a "small city vibe" without the city hassle or traffic.  

Tell us about your family (including pets!) My immediate family is in Dominica and I have several relatives in different states across the US. When I moved here I decided to get a succulent blend as my pet. I really like turtles so you never know, I may have a pet turtle soon.

Tell us some fun facts about you!
1: I am a sports fanatic. I love playing volleyball and netball, and watching pretty much everything else (NBA basketball, soccer, etc).
2: I cook a lot. I like trying new recipes and foods from other cultures.
3: Music is life! If you see me nodding my head with no headphones on, I'm most probably singing along to the music in my head. My favorites are reggae and soca music from the Caribbean, pop and gospel.


Paul Maler, MD

University of Arizona, College of Medicine - Tucson

Languages spoken: English, Spanish, and a bit of Yiddish

Why did you choose South Campus FM residency? The patient population, the unique location of the hospital, the global and rural opportunities, and the leadership all stand out amongst everything else that drew me to South Campus. Truly a unique program and I’m stoked to get to train here for the next three years!

What do you love most about Tucson? I could wax endlessly about what’s awesome about Tucson, but honestly, the taco scene is outta control here. So good.

Tell us about your family (including pets!) I’m third generation Angeleno (from Los Angeles). Grew up in a Jew-ish household. Mom’s a doc. Sister’s a teacher. Three rambunctious but so-freaking-cute nieces and nephew.

Tell us some fun facts about you!
1: I love learning and thinking about the intersection of technology and healthcare. In my past life, I worked in healthcare technology startups and hope to use my experience in my future career as a family doc.
2: I’m currently trying to be a plant-dad with mixed results. Turns out plant-parenthood is harder than it looks!
3: I’ve recently been starting to road bike, learn to golf and play tennis.


Hannah Parry, MD

Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine

Why did you choose South Campus FM residency? On my interview day, I met physicians who were practicing the way I envision myself practicing - broad spectrum family medicine with an emphasis on underserved populations and advocacy. I felt I would be well supported in pursuing my professional interests. The rural, academic, and community training prepares us to adapt to every population we work with and be the best physician advocates possible.

What do you love most about Tucson? The mountains, saguaros, and wildlife! You can't go wrong with the restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops in this city of gastronomy!

Tell us about your family (including pets!) I came to Tucson from Pennsylvania, where my parents still live. I am the youngest of three sisters and one brother in law. I am an aunt to the most adorable kitten nephews. My partner is a psychiatry resident here!

Tell us some fun facts about you!
1: My home is filled with plants! I love being a plant mom, and my babies are thriving in the desert sun.
2: I love cooking and baking.
3: Zumba and yoga keep my mind and body happy.

 


Ricardo Reyes, MD

University of Arizona, College of Medicine - Tucson

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Why did you choose South Campus FM residency? There are many components of the South Campus FM residency program that resonated in me. The faculty and residents are incredible humans dedicated to the well-being of their community and patients. Being close to the US-Mexico border also offers a great opportunity to serve the underserved while advocating for their health and social justice. Last but not least, the program provides broad-spectrum training that prepares you to be an amazing physician in any environment (inpatient, community, rural and global).

What do you love most about Tucson? I love many things about Tucson, among them is the welcoming environment, Cumbia nights at Hotel Congress, the sunsets, cycling in the Loop, and Mexican food.  

Tell us about your family (including pets!) I was born in Durango, Mexico and my family  migrated to the United States. They continue to give me immense  inspiration and support to pursue my goals. I hope to get a French bulldog one day.

Tell us some fun facts about you!
1: First in my family to go to college, medical school, and now a physician.
2: I love music, going to concerts, and playing the guitar/ukulele.
3: I worked at a circus as a summer job when I was a kid, learned how to juggle a lit bit.

 


Maria Ruiz, MD

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Why did you choose South Campus FM residency? I chose South Campus FM residency because I was impressed with their social justice mission, focus on underserved populations, and their commitment to train full-spectrum family medicine doctors. Also, their unique rural/global health rotation opportunities and their diverse patient population with proximity to the Mexico-US border made this program stand out as a high-quality program that can ultimately help shape us into adaptable physicians regardless of where we practice.

What do you love most about Tucson? I am enjoying the scenic views of the mountains and the amazing food variety!

Tell us about your family (including pets!) My immediate family is in my hometown of Dallas, Texas. I am the oldest of three siblings and the first person in my family to pursue a career in medicine. Back home, my family has lots of pets including dogs, cats, birds, chickens, and yes, we do have horses. I adopted my cat, Rocky, during medical school and now he is enjoying sunny Tucson!

Tell us some fun facts about you!
1. I enjoy running outdoors and currently exploring hiking!
2. Libraries and bookshops are some of my favorite places to visit. I like to read and welcome any recommendations. I am currently enjoying audiobooks on my commute.
3. I love a good coffee.

 


Kareem Shahin, DO

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at NM State University

Languages spoken: English, Arabic, and 52 crown's worth of Duolingo Spanish.

Why did you choose South Campus FM residency? During my third year rotations, one of my preceptors took me to a talk she was giving at this program (shutout to Dr. Artz!), and ever since, this program has been on my mind. Everybody was so kind and helpful and I saw the same thing during my interview. The culture and camaraderie were so evident and the teaching and education looked excellent. Having a refugee clinic definitely sealed the deal!

What do you love most about Tucson? I love the culture, the food, the beautiful sunsets, the kindness of people, and the how there's always something to do in Tucson!

Tell us about your family (including pets!) I grew up with two amazing and loving parents, who mean the world to me. I am always grateful for their endless love and support. I also have two wonderful siblings, a younger brother and a younger sister, who I am very close to and cherish. I love spending time with my family.

Tell us some fun facts about you!
1: I was born in Staten Island, NY, lived most of my life in Corona, CA, and I'm originally from Damascus, Syria.
2: I enjoy Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting. I couldn't let COVID shut that down, so I built myself a home gym!
3: I love watching Broadway shows and love that Tucson has Centennial Hall for that. My favorite have been "Waitress," "Something Rotten!," and "The Book of Mormon."

 


Joan Tran, MD

University of Washington School of Medicine

Languages spoken: English

Why did you choose South Campus FM residency?: I wanted a program that can train me to be a well-rounded physician and human being, so that I can continue to become a stronger advocate and ally in underserved communities. South Campus Family Medicine Residency is that program.

What do you love most about Tucson?: I like the perpetual promise of heat and sunlight here in Tucson and the view of the Catalinas and roadrunners on my daily commutes.

Tell us about your family: In my family, there’s my mom and three sisters; my cousins, aunts, and uncles; my nieces and nephews, and my grandma. During Christmas breaks in Southern California, we would go on frequent late night boba runs.

Tell us some fun facts about you!
1. I lost the car keys three times once while going on a day-long hiking trip.
2. For Christmas, I gifted my grandma two plastic bottles of water, filled of course.
3. I am working towards getting a sleeve tattoo and a big dog.