Graduating UCSF Fresno Physicians to Care for Patients and Teach Future Doctors

June 12, 2018

UC San Francisco
Jennifer O’Brien, Asst. Vice Chancellor/Public Affairs
Source: Brandy Ramos Nikaido, Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs, UCSF Fresno
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Graduating UCSF Fresno Physicians to Care for Patients and Teach Future Doctors

Graduates overcome obstacles, fall in love with a fighter pilot, and grow roots, literally

FRESNO – The San Joaquin Valley has the lowest ratios of licensed medical doctors and doctors of osteopathic medicine per 100,000 people in California, according to a July 2017 report from the Healthforce Center at UCSF.  

More than 100 medical residents and fellows along with three oral and maxillofacial surgery dental residents and five physician assistants will graduate from UCSF Fresno this year.  Of the 107 graduates, 44 percent will stay in the Central Valley to care for patients, teach future physicians or continue their medical education.

Graduation will be held Thursday, June 14, at the William Saroyan Theatre, 730 M Street, in downtown Fresno. The event will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m., followed by the graduation ceremony at 6 p.m.

Media: The best time for interviews is during the social hour from 5 to 6 p.m. or during interviews scheduled in advance of the June 14 graduation ceremony.

The 2018 graduating class includes:

Andres Anaya, MD, is a Fresno native, Hoover High School alum and graduate of the UCSF School of Medicine. Dr. Anaya is completing a four-year residency in emergency medicine. As a medical student, Anaya conducted third-year rotations in obstetrics/gynecology and surgery at UCSF Fresno. After earning his medical degree, he returned in 2014 for residency training. Anaya’s path to becoming a physician was anything but typical. He is the eldest son of Mexican immigrants, both of whom are deaf. His first language was American Sign Language. At the age of 5, Anaya began translating for his family. Economic, cultural and social challenges soon led to academic difficulties for him at school. Following high school, he took a job in a tire factory where he suffered an industrial accident. The accident landed him in the emergency department, leaving him temporarily paralyzed and physically and emotionally traumatized. It took several years to overcome his injuries, but from then on, he set his mind to becoming an emergency medicine physician. Fast forward to today, Anaya realized his goal. After graduation, he will stay in the San Joaquin Valley to care for patients at Saint Agnes Medical Center.

Jaimie Brandley, DO, graduated from Marin High School in Novato, California, went to UC San Diego and graduated from medical school at Touro University California in Vallejo. Dr. Brandley’s father was a bench scientist and her mother was a teacher. After earning an undergraduate degree, Brandley taught high school science in Washington, D.C., as part of Teach for America. A love for both science and teaching and a desire to merge the fields motivated her to become a physician. As a medical student, Brandley completed fourth-year clinical rotations at UCSF Fresno. The welcoming and positive learning environment and the opportunity to work with diverse and underserved patients like the students she taught in D.C. inspired her to come back for residency training. A fondness for children and fulfillment of working with the whole family to improve health drew her to pediatrics. Brandley is completing a three-year residency in pediatrics, and after graduation she will join the UCSF Fresno Department of Pediatrics as faculty. While in Fresno, Brandley met the “love of her life,” Kelty Lanham, and married him. Lanham is an F-18 pilot currently stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore. While it will be necessary for them to relocate where the Navy sends them, Brandley says they are seriously considering making the Valley their “forever home.”

Karndeep Samran, MD, graduated from Madera High School, attended UC Berkeley and earned his medical degree from Michigan State University. Early on, Samran was drawn to the field of science. Having grown up on his family’s small vineyard in Madera, he originally envisioned a career in agriculture and plant sciences. However, he soon realized he enjoyed interacting with people and began focusing on a career in medicine. Psychiatry was a good fit because it allowed him to hear personal stories and see patients from a holistic perspective. Samran is finishing a four-year residency in psychiatry. Throughout residency training, Samran started each day by tending plants on his family’s vineyard then headed back to Fresno to take care of patients. After graduation, Samran will grow his roots locally and give back to the community by working in the substance use department at the VA Central California Health Care System in Fresno. Frustrated by the stigma involved with mental illness, especially within communities of color, one of Samran’s goals is to promote mental illness awareness.


About UCSF Fresno: UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program is a branch campus of UCSF, the leading institution dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. Established in 1975, UCSF Fresno is focused on improving health in California’s San Joaquin Valley through excellence in teaching and patient care, innovative clinical research and community partnerships. UCSF Fresno is the largest physician-training program between Sacramento and Los Angeles – training more than 300 physicians and 300 rotating medical students each year. Nearly 700 UCSF core and volunteer faculty at UCSF Fresno care for thousands of patients annually and train the next generation of outstanding clinicians and patient advocates. Fifty percent of the physicians trained at UCSF Fresno stay in the Valley to provide UCSF care. In addition, UCSF Fresno helps prepare middle, high school and college students for careers in health and medicine through a variety of pipeline programs. Please visit

About UCSF: UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises three top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland, and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area. UCSF also encompasses a branch campus in Fresno. Please visit

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