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UCI ENT Residency | Meet our Residents 



Michael Berger, MD

Hometown: Miami, FL

Undergraduate Institution: University of Florida

Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: All things Miami sports, basketball, golf, traveling, hiking, live music, cooking, eating other people’s cooking

Research Interest(s): Head and neck cancer, human papillomavirus, free tissue transfer outcomes, ultrasonography in head and neck surgery


Alexander Kovacs, MD

Hometown: Santa Monica, CA

Undergraduate Institution: USC

Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix

Interests/Hobbies: Running, soccer, cooking, eating, movies

Research Interest(s): Quality assurance/quality improvement, airway


Catherine Merna, MD

Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA

Undergraduate Institution: UC San Diego

Medical School: David Geffen SOM at UCLA

Interests/Hobbies: I enjoy running, spending time outside with my family, and overambitious grocery shopping. There is something thrilling about the race against time as I try to cook what I've purchased before it goes bad...

Research Interest(s): I achieved my bachelor's degree in bioengineering and biotechnology, a field that continues to interest me. I am working on translational research in Dr. Brian Wong's lab related to the study of nasal cartilages in swine animal models.



Carmen Chan, MD

Hometown: McLean, VA

Undergraduate Institution: UVA

Medical School: David Geffen SOM at UCLA

Interests/Hobbies: Eating, traveling, yoga/pilates, beaching, dogs

Research Interest(s): Medical devices and technology, stem cell regenerative therapy


Ethan Muhonen, MD

Hometown: Loveland, CO

Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora

Interests/Hobbies: Surfing, climbing of all varieties, backcountry skiing, craft beer

Research Interest(s): Regenerative medicine and translational neural therapies



Eric Abello, MD

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara

Medical School: Rush Medical College

Interests/Hobbies: Being outside, biking, running, hiking, skateboarding, surfing, video games, hanging out with friends and family

Research Interest(s): Surgical outcomes of orbital floor fractures, conservative vs. surgical management of facial trauma, effects of technological advances in otolaryngology diagnosis


Elaine Martin, MD

Hometown: Mansfield, MA

Undergraduate Institution: Boston College

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: Running, hiking, yoga, cooking, trying new restaurants

Research Interest(s): Otology/neurotology, sinus and skull base surgery, head/neck surgery


Isaac Obermeyer, MD

Hometown: Mankato, MN

Undergraduate Institution: University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Interests/Hobbies: Golf, hiking, beach, guitar

Research Interest(s): Survival and outcomes based research



Benjamin Bitner, MD

Hometown: Deweyville, UT

Undergraduate Institution: Brigham Young University

Medical School: UC Irvine School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: Backcountry skiing, paddle boarding, road biking, sculpting, horticulture and botany

Research Interest(s): Ultrasound utility in otolaryngology, head and neck oncology, surgical outcomes in rhinology and skull base surgery


Ashley Lonergan, MD

Hometown: Gilford, NH

Undergraduate Institution: University of New Hampshire

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: Cycling, embroidery, classical novels, singing

Research Interest(s): Nasal polyposis, facial reconstruction, neurogenic cough



Khodayar Goshtasbi, MD

Hometown: Irvine, CA

Undergraduate Institution: UCLA

Medical School: UC Irvine School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: Growing a family

Research Interest(s): Medical devices and technology, skull base surgery


Sina Torabi, MD

Hometown: Rancho Mirage, CA

Undergraduate Institution: University of Southern California 

Medical School: Yale School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: Tennis, rap music, soap carving, video games, traveling, hiking and traveling to hike

Research Interest(s): Healthcare economics, policy, and utilization, medical education, HPV and vaccination, facial plastic surgery and trauma, rhinology


Monica Trent, MD

Hometown: Simi Valley, CA

Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles 

Medical School: UC Irvine School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: Long-distance running, hiking, backpacking, traveling, cooking, crafting, and plant propagation 

Research Interest(s): Head and neck oncology, Surgical outcomes in rhinology and skull base surgery, Women in Otolaryngology