Division of Infectious Disease Fellows 2016-7
Jillian Oft, M.D.
Dr. Oft earned her undergraduate degree from Pacific Union College and her medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Prior to joining the fellowship in infectious diseases at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, she completed her internship, residency training and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She maintains an academic appointment as a Clinical Instructor for Internal Medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. She has published book chapters in clinical infectious disease topics including sepsis syndrome and infective endocarditis. Her current research interests include epidemiology and risk factors for community associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infections.
Roberta De Keyser, M.D.
Dr. De Keyser earned her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of the Philippines, where she graduated cum laude. She received her medical degree from the University of the East, and ranked third overall in her class. She then completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California. While living in the Coachella Valley, she met a number of HIV/AIDS survivors and was inspired to be involved in spreading the word about early HIV diagnosis and treatment. She is a member of the Coachella Valley Research Community Initiative (CVCRI) whose objective is to promote healthy living in chronic patients. During her residency, she presented case reports in Infectious Diseases at various conferences including ATS (American Thoracic Society) and SGIM (Society of General Medicine).
Maita Kuvhenguhwa, M.D.
Dr. Kuvhenguhwa earned her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine, then obtained her medical degree from the Charles Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program within the David Geffen School of Medicine. There she completed a medical student thesis project entitled, “The Association of Patient and Provider Engagement with Adherence to HAART and Health-Related Quality of Life.” She went on to perform her internship and residency at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, prior to becoming an ID Fellow at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Jon G. Persichino, D.O.
Dr. Persichino earned his osteopathic medical degree at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. He then completed his internship and residency training in internal medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Prior to joining the fellowship program in infectious diseases at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Persichino has worked as an academic hospitalist and HIV specialist at Riverside University Health System Medical Center in Moreno Valley, California for 10 years. He holds academic appointments as Associate Professor of Medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. He has published more than 10 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and reviews in infectious diseases and internal medicine. His clinical research focuses on antimicrobial stewardship and infection control practices.