Internal Medicine Program Faculty

Theodore Friedman, MD, PhD

Theodore Friedman, M.D., Ph.D.
Department Chair Internal Medicine, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Theodore C. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine-UCLA School of Medicine and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science; is the Chairman of the Department of Medicine and the Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Molecular Medicine and Metabolism at Charles R. Drew University. Dr. Friedman is board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. He is also an endowed professor in Cardiometabolic Diseases. He is the director of The Next Generation Substance Abuse Research Training at CDU and UCLA (NGSART-CU). He has published over 120 papers in peer-review journals and wrote the thyroid and adrenal chapters for the widely-read textbook, Cecil Essentials of Medicine. His basic science research interests are in the effect of drugs of abuse on the endocrine system and is currently working on the effects of nicotine and e-cigarettes on the liver, muscle and heart. He has a patent on a chamber to give e-cigarettes to mice. His clinical research interests are adrenal and pituitary disorders as well as diabetes and metabolism. He sees patients and is the lead Endocrinologist at the Martin Luther King, Jr. outpatient clinic and runs a weekly obesity group visit. He is the chairman of the DHS Endocrinology Work Group that helps optimize treatment for large numbers of patients with diabetes, obesity and endocrine conditions. Dr. Friedman is very committed to starting an Internal Medicine Residency Program at the Long Beach VA.

Margarita Loeza, MD

Arnel M. Joaquin, MD
Program Director Internal Medicine, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Arnel M Joaquin, MD graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in Manila, Philippines and completed his residency at the Wayne State University Internal Medicine Program in Detroit, Michigan. He did a 2-year fellowship training in Geriatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Joaquin has been involved with Charles R. Drew University as the chief of geriatrics and program director of the geriatric fellowship program. Being very active in academic medicine, he has trained fellows, residents, medical and PA students in the inpatient, outpatient, skilled nursing facilities, and non-institutional settings. His main areas of practice are primary care in adults and geriatric patients.

Kenny VuKenny Vu, D.O

Associate Program Director Internal Medicine, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Kenny Vu, DO earned his medical degree from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Vallejo, CA. Dr. Vu is one of the Associate Program Directors, and outpatient training site director at the primary participating clinical teaching site (Long Beach VA Medical Center). He will manage day to day operations of the program. He also holds the position of Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, Irvine.

Alexander EagleAlexander Red Eagle, M.D

Associate Program Director Internal Medicine, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Alexander Red Eagle will be the Associate Program Director for the Charles Drew University Internal Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Red Eagle graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Biochemistry. From there Dr. Red Eagle was in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Stanford School of Medicine where he obtained his M.D. and Ph.D. in Genetics. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. For the past five years Dr. Red Eagle has worked as an internal medicine hospitalist at the Long Beach VA. Dr. Red Eagle is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCI and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Charles Drew University. He is an enrolled member of the Ft. Peck Sioux and Assiniboine Tribes and is also half Latino. Dr. Red Eagle was born and raised in Southern California. Dr. Red Eagle has a strong interest in medical education and working with the underserved in medicine.

Alexander EagleRoberto Vargas, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Program Director Internal Medicine, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Roberto Vargas, MD, MPH is Assistant Dean for Health Policy and Inter-Professional Education within the College of Medicine and Director of the Health Policy Pillar of the Urban Health Institute at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). Dr. Vargas is leading University-wide efforts in health policy analysis and health services research. He supports efforts in action and advocacy consistent with the CDU Advantage and mission of promoting health equity and social justice. Research expertise includes descriptive and comparative analyses of health care interventions to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities in care as well as community engagement in partnered research efforts. Dr. Vargas completed a Master of Public Health degree at Harvard School of Public Health, medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, and undergraduate degree in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lloyd RuckerLloyd Rucker, M.D

Core Clinical Faculty Internal Medicine, VA Long Beach

 

Lloyd Rucker, MD, is a teaching hospitalist, a core faculty member, and the Chief of Quality at the Long Beach Veterans Administration Hospital. He served as the Internal Medicine Residency Program Director at the University of California, Irvine for 22 years. He has also served as the Associate Dean for Clinical Education in the School of Medicine and the Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine, also at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Rucker is the recipient of many teaching awards. His research interests are in medical education, currently with a focus on the clinical bedside teaching environment and on decision making.

 

Jenny LeeJenny Lee, M.D.

Core Clinical Faculty Internal Medicine, VA Long Beach

Jenny Lee, MD is a primary care physician at the Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center where she has been serving Veterans for the past 25 years. She also holds the position of Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Lee earned her medical degree from Institute of Medicine in Rangoon, Burma. She completed two years of Anatomic Pathology residency training at New York Medical College followed by an Internal Medicine residency in New Jersey. She enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling. She has two grown sons.

John UyanneJohn Uyanne M.D., M.S., FACP

Faculty Internal Medicine, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

John Uyanne M.D., M.S., FACP completed his medical degree from the University of Benin Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and his fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Chizobam AniChizobam Ani M.D., M.P.H.

Faculty Internal Medicine, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Chizobam Ani M.D., M.P.H is an internist and epidemiologist. He is a graduate of the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Loma Linda University. He also holds a Master of Public Health (MPH)from the Wichita State University and University of Kansas. Dr Ani’s primary research interest is focused on cardiometabolic diseases particularly risk factors and interventions to mitigate these risks among minority ethnic communities. He is currently working on several studies aimed at understanding the unique role of diabetes on cardiomyopathy and heart failure among ethnic minorities.

Stanley HsiaStanley Hsia, M.D.

Core Faculty Internal Medicine, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science