Care Team

Nairi Berner, M.D.

Nairi Berner, M.D., is an Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Maria Mercedes Chang Villacreces

Endocrinologist Maria Mercedes Chang Villacreses, M.D., is determined to make a difference in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diabetes.

Mohamed Ali El-Shahawy, M.D., M.H.A., M.P.H.

Mohamed El-Shahawy, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.A., is Clinical Professor in the Department of Clinical Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at City of Hope.

Sasan Fazeli, M.D.
Sasan Fazeli, M.D.
Oncological Endocrinologist

Sasan Fazeli, M.D., is an endocrinologist in the Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Wei Feng
Wei Feng, M.D.

Wei Feng, M.D., is a board certified endocrinologist with expertise in many areas such as diabetes, thyroid, pituitary, osteoporosis, PCOS, obesity, lipid disorder, and adrenal disease.

Elena Forouhar, M.D. - Profile Photo
Elena Forouhar, M.D.

Elena Forouhar, M.D., specializes in treating diabetes & endocrine problems & is board certified in internal medicine & endocrinology/diabetes & metabolism. Her main areas of interest include both type 1 & type 2 diabetes, as well as obesity & metabolic disorders associated with obesity.

Paul Han, D.P.M., M.S.
Podiatric Surgeon

Paul Han, D.P.M., M.S., is a Clinical Consultant and a podiatric surgeon at City of Hope.

Fouad R. Kandeel, M.D., Ph.D.
Arthur D. Riggs Distinguished Chair in Diabetes & Metabolism Research; Professor and Chair, Department of Translational Research & Cellular Therapeutics

Fouad R Kandeel, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the Islet Cell Transplantation Program and Arthur D. Riggs Distinguished Chair in Diabetes & Metabolism Research at City of Hope.

Pooja Manroa
Pooja Manroa, M.D.

Pooja Manroa, M.D., specializes in endocrinology and uses a systematic and methodical approach to diagnosing and treating endocrine disorders.

Behrouz Salehian, M.D.

Behrouz Salehian, M.D., is an endocrinologist specializing in treating thyroid disorders, pituitary disorders and neuroendocrine tumors. He is also director of the diabetes cardiovascular risk reduction program at City of Hope.

Clinical Care Support Team


Beatrice Campos, M.P.H., R.D., C.D.C.E.S.
Clinical Dietitian/Clinical Diabetes Educator
Jillian Trinidad, R.N., M.S.N.
Clinic Nurse Manager
Lillian Gramajo, B.S.N., R.N., C.D.C.E.S
Clinical Diabetes Educator
Emily Groves-Nemati, M.S.N., R.N., C.D.C.E.S., P.H.N.
Nurse Manager
Monica Leon, B.S.N., R.N., C.D.C.E.S.
Clinical Diabetes Educator
Linda Nguyen, B.S.N., R.N., C.D.C.E.S.
Clinical Diabetes Educator

South Pasadena

Jacqui Abarca, R.D., C.D.C.E.S.
Dietitian/Diabetes Care and Education Specialist
Nutrition/Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism

Irvine, Lennar Foundation Cancer Center

Shaelyn Gurzick, R.D., C.D.C.E.S., C.N.S.C.
Clinical Dietitian/Clinical Diabetes Educator

Jennifer Christensen, R.N., M.S.N., C.D.C.E.S.
Clinical Diabetes Educator