Graduating Class of 2020-2021
Michael Ang, M.D.
Michael Ang, M.D. was born and raised in Sacramento, California. He earned both his undergraduate and medical degree from UCLA. Following medical school, he completed his intern year in Internal Medicine at Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center and briefly pursued a Radiology residency before deciding he wanted to play a more direct role in patient care.
Dr. Ang became interested in Ophthalmology during his time in LA while volunteering and doing research at the Jules Stein Eye Institute. He was drawn to Ophthalmology for its perfect blend of medicine and surgery. Dr. Ang is so happy to be a part of the CPMC family. In particular, he enjoys the excellent clinical training, camaraderie, and strong mentorship. In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with family and friends, surfing, mountain biking, going to concerts, and traveling.
Michael graduated magna cum laude in business administration from Loyola Marymount University and for several years enjoyed a successful career in ethics and compliance education for Fortune 500 companies. After deciding he wanted to pursue a career in medicine, he attended Albany Medical College where he was elected class president for all four years and selected as a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Hospital and won the Intern Teacher of the Year Award as voted on by all medical students. From Southern California, he is enthusiastic about being back on the West Coast and enjoys the blend of academic and private practice training for which CPMC is known. During his time at CPMC, he has cultivated a specific interest in artificial intelligence, specifically machine learning, and its applications to ophthalmology.
Jayson Koppinger, M.D.
Jayson hails from Yuma, Arizona. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona and his medical degree at Georgetown in Washington DC. Following this, he completed his intern year at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland.
Jayson was drawn to CPMC for it’s unique familial atmosphere, patient population, and superb clinical training. The comradery between residents and faculty, and the support that alumni continue to give year after year is one of the truly unparalleled facets of the program that he values the most.
Additionally, he loves living in San Francisco and taking full advantage of what the Bay Area has to offer – surfing, hiking, running, eating out, and cheering on the numerous sporting teams. SF will always hold a special place in his heart as it was here that he and his wife Lindsay first met their Australian Shepherd, Silverbell, and recently was the birthplace of their first child, Camden.
Jayson will be taking a position at a VA in the nearby Reno-Tahoe area after graduation and plans to continue to be involved with the ophthalmology family. It is his hope that in the future he will be able to teach residents cataract surgery at the VA when on their elective time.
Gena Damento, M.D.
Gena Damento, M.D. is originally from Tucson, Arizona where she completed her undergraduate degree in Physiology at the University of Arizona. She earned her medical degree at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and completed a Transitional internship year at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose.
Originally drawn to the balance of medicine and surgery ophthalmology has to offer, she remains inspired and motivated by seeing the positive impacts the field can bring to a person's health and happiness. Throughout training she continues to develop her passion for working with underserved populations and is looking forward to making global ophthalmology a part of her career going forward.
Gena is thrilled to be a part of the CPMC family, and appreciates the strong clinical training, positive environment, and wonderful mentors that she works with here. Outside of work she enjoys being with family and friends, traveling, and being outdoors.
Graduating Class of 2021-2022
Ahmadreza Moradi, M.D.
Ahmadreza (Reza) Moradi, M.D. was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. He earned his medical degree from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran. Upon moving to the US, he joined the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, to complete a postdoctoral research fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases and ocular immunology. He completed his intern year at the University of Maryland, and then completed an internal medicine residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/St Luke’s Hospital in New York before joining the Department of Ophthalmology at CPMC.
Reza is so happy to be a part of the CPMC family. He is particularly thrilled to be at CPMC because of its excellent clinical and surgical training, collegial atmosphere, dedication to serving the undeserved, and strong mentorship. In his free time Reza enjoys travelling, hiking, cooking, spending time with friends, and trying new restaurants.
Asma Saud, M.D
Asma Saud graduated with honors in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and obtained her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. She completed her intern year at Highland Hospital, Oakland. During medical school she completed one year of research comparing the structural changes in the fovea over time in patients with inherited retinal degeneration, which was presented as a poster at ARVO in Seattle in 2016. Training as an Emergency Medical Technician inspired her early medical interests and led to involvement in activities such as the Peru Health Outreach Program, which she co-led to facilitate visits from the Cleveland-based medical teams to the Lamay district of Peru. In response to desires of medical students and residents to help bridge the gap between Muslim patients and their health providers, she revived the Islamic Medical Association Chapter at her medical school and was also chosen by her school’s society as one of four students to meet with Dr. David Satcher to discuss effective strategies for eliminating health disparities across the nation.
Asma is grateful to be a part of the CPMC residency program as it combines a positive and encouraging learning environment with excellent clinical and surgical training. She is happy to be among dedicated faculty and supportive co-residents. Outside of residency, Asma enjoys time with her family and friends and walking the many beautiful trails in the Bay Area.
William Carrera, M.D.
William Carrera completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago with a dual major in Biology and History, followed by a Master’s degree in Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University. He completed his medical training at Case Western Reserve University, where he was involved in the study of the host immune response on the corneal surface against fungal keratitis. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Since coming to CPMC, he has been involved in research into the genetics of inherited retinal diseases. He loves the culture of the residency at CPMC, which allows for residents to be independent and self-driven, while also providing a tightly-knit, supportive community amongst residents, as well as instruction and mentorship from experienced and highly committed faculty. In his spare time, he runs ultra-marathons and enjoys reading, hiking in hills around the Bay Area, travel and food.
Graduating Class of 2022-2023
Michael Rosco, M.D.
Michael graduated magna cum laude in business administration from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and for several years enjoyed a successful career in ethics and compliance education for Fortune 500 companies. After deciding he wanted to pursue a career in medicine, he attended Albany Medical College where he was elected class president for all four years and selected as a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Hospital and won the Intern Teacher of the Year Award as voted on by all medical students. Hailing from Southern California, he is enthusiastic about being back on the West Coast and enjoys the blend of academic and private practice training for which CPMC is known. During his time at CPMC, he has cultivated a specific interest in artificial intelligence, specifically machine learning, and its applications to ophthalmology.
Myra Beth Safo, M.D.
Myra Beth Safo graduated from Princeton University with an undergraduate degree in French. She attended UNT Health Science Center, obtaining a Master of Science from the School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Safo then earned a dual medical degree and Master of Public Health from UT Health San Antonio and UT Health Houston, respectively, and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed her internal medicine internship at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson, Maryland.
Dr. Safo is interested in the ocular manifestations of chronic diseases and how health disparities have an impact on patient outcomes. She plans to practice in medically underserved communities upon completion of her residency.
CPMC and the Bay Area in general have been invaluable to Dr. Safo. The exposure of residents to a wide range of ocular pathologies, the strong partnerships with international ophthalmology programs, and a consistent history of producing highly skilled surgeons are only a few of the characteristics of CPMC that distinguish its residency program from others in the country. Upon graduating from CPMC, Dr. Safo plans to remain very involved in the program and alumni community.
Mustafa Safi, M.D.
Mustafa Safi graduated with honors in biochemistry from the California State University,
Sacramento and received his medical degree from the University of California, Davis,
School of Medicine. He went on to complete his internship at Highland Hospital in
Oakland. Mustafa’s interest and passion for becoming an ophthalmologist stems
from his experiences growing up in a medically underserved community where he witnessed
the difficulty residents encountered accessing healthcare services. Before starting
his ophthalmology training, Mustafa completed a clinical research fellowship at the
Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute. There he evaluated the relationship between
accommodation and strabismus, in addition to researching the effects of macular degeneration
on smooth pursuit. He is excited to train at CPMC because of the patient population
served, excellent surgical training, and invested faculty.
During his free time, he actively engages in community outreach and mentoring students who are pursuing the medical field. He enjoys weightlifting, playing basketball, listening to smooth jazz and neo soul, hiking, and most importantly, spending time with family.
Graduating Class of 2023-2024
Timothy Truong, M.D.
Dr. Truong graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in public health, where he first discovered a passion for working with underserved communities. During medical school at the Albert Einstein College of medicine, he further pursued his interest in public health and realized the dearth of accessible, comprehensive eye care as a volunteer, and later leader, of the Einstein Community Health Outreach Clinic - a free clinic providing care for uninsured patients. He completed his transitional year internship at BronxCare Health System in Bronx, New York, where he cared for patients at the US epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. He has researched ocular trauma, especially in the contest of firearms, uncovering trends of injury in different racial and ethnic groups. He also worked on various projects in corneal hysteresis, glaucoma, and gender disparities in ophthalmology. In his free time, Dr. Truong enjoys practicing languages such as Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Teochew, as well as racket sports, sketching/painting, and exploring different restaurants, museums, and theatre productions. As a resident, he hopes to become an empathetic physician who utilizes his knowledge, skill, and ability to connect with patients and further influence change in the communities he serves.
Audrey Chow, M.D.
Audrey received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in cognitive neuroscience and economics. She received her medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine of USC in Los Angeles, and completed her internship in internal medicine here at California Pacific Medical Center.
Dr. Chow initially became interested in ophthalmology while conducting research in vision and facial perception, exploring the integration of individual parts to perceive the face as a recognizable whole. In medical school she continued her research in surgical management of uveitic glaucoma with aqueous shunts. She also served on the executive board of the Ophthalmology Interest Group at her institution, and helped organize glasses drives to provide free corrective lenses to underserved populations in Los Angeles. Ultimately, the humanity of restoring vision is what drives her practice.
Dr. Chow is a Bay Area native and enjoys exploring the outdoors through hiking and cycling. She is also a mom to two cats and a dog, and brews homemade kombucha with her husband.
Spencer Harris, M.D.
Spencer is from Eastern Idaho. He graduated in business finance from Brigham Young University, attended medical school at the University of Washington, and completed his internship at the University of Washington’s Boise Internal Medicine program. After first discovering ophthalmology in his clinical rotations during medical school, Spencer immediately became interested in the field due to the fascinating science, physics, and mechanics of the eye. The field, in his opinion, is the perfect balance of surgery, clinic, and technology, and it can significantly improve patients’ quality of life. Spencer is interested in the interplay between business and medicine. He hopes to apply business principles to maximize quality and minimize costs in ophthalmology. He is currently completing a research fellowship through the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, where he is studying the accommodative abilities of multi-focal lens implants.
Spencer values CPMC because it provides superb clinical and surgical training and has excellent camaraderie amongst providers. Spencer’s hobbies include playing racket sports of all kinds (particularly tennis and squash), hiking, and playing the piano and cello.